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Ventriculogram

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A ventriculogram is a test done during cardiac catheterization that evaluates the main pumping chamber of your heart (left ventricle).

During a ventriculogram, your doctor injects a dye into your heart that makes the inside of your heart show up on X-ray. The images are recorded on film or on a computer.

A ventriculogram can show:

  • The movement of your heart muscle as your left ventricle fills and pumps blood.
  • The size of your left ventricle.
  • How efficiently your left ventricle pumps blood (ejection fraction).
  • How well blood flows through your heart valves (aortic and mitral valves).

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Last Revised October 30, 2009

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