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Why is a patient not anesthetized during an angioplasty?

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Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
Cardiology 37 years experience
Not needed: There is no need for genral anesthesia. The procedure is minimally invasive. Most patients are given mild sedation "twilight". Given geenral anesthesia will increase the risk of complications, cost and time or recovery.
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Patient Safety: When people are asleep they cannot feel & help protect themselves from injury, sometimes severe. Given that angioplasty does not involve open wounds & once in the artery, discomfort is typically minor, it is much safer for people to be awake, aware of what is going on, in a position to help protect themselves & speak up. For this reason, i long have used very minimal to no sedation - safer for pt.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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