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Myocardial Biopsy

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source: A.D.A.M. Multimedia Encyclopedia, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

summary/abstract:

Myocardial biopsy is the removal of a small piece of heart muscle for examination.

 
Alternative Names
Heart biopsy; Biopsy – heart
 
How the Test is Performed?
Myocardial biopsy is done through a catheter that is threaded into your heart (cardiac catheterization). The procedure will take place in a hospital radiology department, special procedures room, or cardiac diagnostics laboratory.
 
To have the procedure:
 
  • You may be given medicine to help you relax (sedative) before the procedure. However, you will remain awake and able to follow instructions during the test.
  • You will lie flat on a stretcher or table while the test is being done.
  • The skin is scrubbed and a local numbing medicine (anesthetic) is given.
  • A surgical cut will be made in your arm, neck, or groin.
  • The health care provider inserts a thin tube (catheter) through a vein or artery, depending on whether tissue will be taken from the right or left side of the heart.
 
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