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.
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.