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A 38-year-old member asked:

is cardiac catheterization intrusive?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Yes it is invasive; a needle stick into an artery is exchanged for a wire over which a catheter is placed and pushed up the aorta to the heart
Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: It's an invasive procedure in which a catheter (small tube) is inserted in an artery (blood vessel) in your wrist or groin, then fed backwards to your heart in order to take pictures of the heart arteries.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How long does a cardiac catheterization procedure last?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Depends: The procedure itself, if just a diagnostic coronary angiogram, may be over within a half hour, but if there are interventions, or valvular or congenital abnormalities in question, other additional procedures may be part of the catheterization procedure adding perhaps another hour. The time in the lab itself is longer because of the prep time and post-test assessment and ensuring no complications.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How intrusive is cardiac catheterization?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 16 years experience
Somewhat: Intrusive? Well it usually involves putting a large bore needle into your femoral artery - however if you can benefit from it (because you can stent arteries open during the same procedure) it is less intrusive than open heart surgery but more intrusive than having a stress test or doing nothing (and maybe dying at home).
A 42-year-old member asked:

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a double cardiac catheterization as opposed to a cardiac catheterization?

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Dr. R. Kannan Mutharasan
Cardiology 18 years experience
Right and left sided: It depends on the context, but to me this sounds like doing both a left heart catheterization and a right heart catheterization. A left heart cath is for checking the arteries in the heart and also the pressure in the left ventricle. A right heart cath is for checking the pressures on the right side of the heart, the left atrium (indirectly) and for measuring cardiac output.
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A 56-year-old female asked:

How long does it take for a cardiac catheterization to heal?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Cardiac Cath: It depends on if you had the cath through your wrist or your groin. Are you talking about the cath site or the heart? And what did they do in your heart? Did they ballon it, put in a stent, did they put in a valve? You see there are many variables, so pick up they phone and call the cardiologist who dis the procedure and ask him/her your specific questions.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a double cardiac catheterization?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Double catheterization: We don't use that terminology but perhaps you mean a right and left heart catheterization.

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