Emerging applications for transseptal left heart catheterization old techniques for new procedures.

@article{Babaliaros2008EmergingAF,
  title={Emerging applications for transseptal left heart catheterization old techniques for new procedures.},
  author={Vasilis C. Babaliaros and Jacob T Green and Stamatios Lerakis and Michael Lloyd and Peter C. Block},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={51 22},
  pages={2116-22}
}
Transseptal (TS) catheterization was introduced in 1959 as a strategy to directly measure left atrial (LA) pressure. Despite acceptable feasibility and safety, TS catheterization has been replaced by indirect measurements of LA pressure using the Swan-Ganz catheter. Today, TS puncture is rarely performed for diagnostic purposes but continues to be performed for procedures such as balloon mitral valvuloplasty, antegrade balloon aortic valvuloplasty, and ablation of arrhythmias in the LA. Thus… CONTINUE READING

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