Cardiac catheter, United States, 1950-1970

Made:
1950-1970 in United States
maker:
Unknown

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Cardiac catheter, plastic tube with metal base, American, 1950 to 1970

This catheter is designed to be inserted into the aorta and chambers of the heart by passing it through a vein or artery either in the arm or groin. This procedure can be carried out during an investigation into a possible heart problem or as part of the subsequent treatment. Once situated in the heart it can, for example, be used to measure the pressure of the heart chambers or remove blood samples. The catheter can also be used to inject dye into the arteries and heart when taking an X-ray in order to give the physician a more detailed picture of the heart. This can help in diagnosing heart conditions.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
A600966
Materials:
metal, plated, plastic, ? material
type:
cardiac catheter
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • catheter
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • visual and verbal communication
  • photograph
credit:
Besterman, E.

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