You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax prior to the procedure. Your doctor will insert a catheter through your blood vessels (either in your groin or neck) to your heart. Then, small pieces of heart tissue will be removed. Your doctor may also take pressure readings from inside the heart chambers. You shouldn’t feel pain, just some pressure. After the samples are taken and the pressure readings done, the catheter is removed. The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
Your doctor or nurse will give you instructions on how to care for your wound site and when it’s safe to resume your regular diet and activities. To learn more, download our heart biopsy information
(PDF, 33 KB).