Myocardial Biopsy

Overview

A myocardial biopsy (heart biopsy) is a procedure in which small samples of heart tissue are removed and sent to a lab for analysis. Doctors use myocardial biopsies to check for cardiac amyloidosis (abnormal protein deposits in the heart tissue), signs of rejection after a heart transplant or various types of cardiomyopathy (a heart muscle disease).

What to Expect

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).

Why Aurora?

Aurora Heath Care has the largest cardiac teaching program in Wisconsin, which means you'll have access to the most recent technologies. In addition, we work closely with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Transplant Services, so you can be assured you'll be receiving the advanced therapies you need, as well as access to top doctors and services for preventing, diagnosing and treating heart conditions and disorders.

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