Heart biopsies help your doctors determine how well you are adjusting to a heart transplant. They can also show if you suffer from certain heart conditions.
In a heart biopsy, doctors remove a small sample of heart muscle and send it to a lab for analysis.
We perform a cardiac catheterization procedure to access the tissue needed for the biopsy. We guide a catheter through your groin to one side of your heart and remove three heart muscle tissue samples. Then, we send them to the lab for examination.
Generally, we perform a heart biopsy to make sure your body is not rejecting a newly transplanted heart. We also perform a heart biopsy if we suspect you may have cardiac carcinoma or signs of other heart conditions, such as:
Learn more about the diagnostic procedures we perform at MedStar Heart Institute.
MedStar Heart Institute
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
For information or appointments, please call DOCtorsLine at 202-877-DOCS (3627).