What is right heart catheterisation?

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Right heart catheterisation is sometimes just shortened to ‘right heart cath’, with the acronym being RHC.

It is a test that assesses the right side of the heart, the side that pumps bloods towards your lungs.

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What is a stress test?

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Stress tests are generally ordered by your doctor to assess whether you might have a problem with the blood supply to your heart. Although an angiogram can look at the blood supply directly, it carries risk and it’s also invasive, so to avoid that, we can do these tests first to see whether your symptoms are related to your heart.

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