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what problems can be detected with a heart cath?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Several things: This is an important diagnostic tool that cardiologist use. They can look for narrowing of arteries in the heart, find holes inside the heart, check pressures in the heart, evaluate how well the heart is pumping, evaluate the function of heart valves and biopsies. It is an invasive procedure and requires placing small catheters and wires inside an artery like the femoral or radial arteries.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can you tell us about a heart cath procedure?

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Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Invasive diagnostic : A heart catheterization is done from a groin or arm artery by passing a very small hollow plastic tube to the heart. Pressures in the heart can be measured through the catheter and liquid dye can be injected to make an angiogram to show how strong the heart squeezes and whether or not there are any blockages in the coronary arteries. It is an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia.
Lincoln Park, MI
A 43-year-old male asked:

Can heart cath show how shtrong your heart is ?

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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
It can show.: Cath. Can show how atrong the heart is, how good the blood vessels are, but certain things cannot be made out by cardiac cath. Like arrythmogenic areas of heart(which makes the heart to beat irregulalry out of control sometimes). Electrophysilogical studies of heart by the specialized cardiologists helps with those . Awe don't need an expensive, invasive proce.With risks like allergy, bleeding, inju.
Lincoln Park, MI
A 39-year-old male asked:

I, m sorry i ask a lots of? But why do I get strong pvcs with normal cardio work up ....Normal heart cath

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
PVCs: Pvcs are annoying. Ask your doctor about medication to suppress them. A 1c agent would be preferred and is usually very effective if your heart is structurally normal. The normal heart cath is reassuring in terms of the question of safety vs risk but doesn't make the pvcs feel any better.
A 29-year-old female asked:

What does bridging during heart cath mean?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let me explaIN: A myocardial bridge is a band of heart muscle that lies on top of a coronary artery, instead of underneath it. With a myocardial bridge, part of a coronary artery dips into and underneath the heart muscle and then comes back out again. The band of muscle that lies on top of the coronary artery is called a "bridge, " and this is how the condition gets its name.
Wilmington, DE
A 55-year-old male asked:

What is a high risk heart cath?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Cath: High risk cardiac cath would refer to the risk of the procedure in the individual patient. Cardiac cath in and of itself carries a fairly low risk but in some people because of their condition, the risk is higher and in some, the risk is much higher because of their instability.

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