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Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Cardiac Catheterization (Definition)

This is a procedure where narrow, flexible tubes are inserted into a peripheral artery through a cut in the skin, and advanced to the heart. Dye can be injected through the catheters into the arteries of the heart to look for blockages ("angiogram"), or to measure pressure within the cardiac chambers ("right heart cath"). Arteries can be opened with balloons/stents at the ...Read more


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I had a stress test which is reported as equivocal. Should I have a cardiac cath done?

I had a stress test which is reported as equivocal. Should I have a cardiac cath done?

Not necessarily: Cardiac caths are used to identify blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. The idea, which makes intuitive sense, is that if a significant blockage is present, it can be opened with a balloon or a stent, presumably decreasing the chances of a heart attack in the future. This has not been shown to be true. The available evidence doesn't show cath treatment superior to meds alone. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have numbness on one side of the body after a cardiac cath?

Is it normal to have numbness on one side of the body after a cardiac cath?

NO: You need to tell the Dr. and get an eval. asap. You may have circulation issues from the the cath procedure and/or nerve irritation. Good luck. ...Read more

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A cardiac cath done tomorrow and very scared is this done everyday and what are the risks?

A cardiac cath done tomorrow and very scared is this done everyday and what are the risks?

Cardiac cath: A cardiac cath is a very common test and if done by an experienced cardiologist has very low risk. The risks are mainly bruising in the skin entry site, vessel damage, and rhythm disturbance. There are rarer risks also. The huge majority of people having the test however have no ill effects at all. ...Read more

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Cardiac cath vs. 64 slice cat scan--which tells what?

They both : Evaluate for coronary atherosclerosis. The short version is 64 slice ct is excellent at determining whether or not atherosclerosis (blockages ) are present. It is not as good in determining the extent or percentage of the blockage(yet). Cardiac cath remians the gold standard for determining the extent of stenosis and subsequent angioplasty/stent. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Laboratory (Definition)

Is facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments & measurements are performed. An example is medical (clinical) lab where tests are done on clinical specimens in order to get info. About the health of a patient in terms ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more