A heart biopsy, also called myocardial biopsy or cardiac biopsy, is an invasive procedure to detect heart disease. It entails using a bioptome (a small catheter with a grasping device on the end) to obtain a small piece of heart muscle tissue that is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Why Do I Need a Heart Biopsy?
Your doctor uses a heart biopsy to:
How Should I Prepare for a Heart Biopsy?
To prepare yourself for a heart biopsy, you should know:
What Can I Expect During a Heart Biopsy?
What Can I Expect After a Heart Biopsy?
Before you go home, a health care provider will tell you how to care for the wound site and when you can return to your regular activities.
When the results of the heart biopsy are available, your doctor will discuss them with you. If the results are negative, it means the heart tissue that was analyzed looked normal. A positive biopsy result could mean a cause of heart failure was found, such as inflammation due to an infection. If the biopsy followed a heart transplant, it may indicate the presence of rejection cells.
Are There Risks with a Heart Biopsy?
The risks of a heart biopsy include: