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Typically 7-10 days.: Typically 7 to 10 days. However it depends on diagnostic versus interventional procedures. If there is bleeding, recovery would be longer. Also, if closure device was used, there might be discomfort for a longer period of time. ...Read more
During cardiac catherization, if blockage found, which best to use to open the blockage:balloon or stint, cons and pros please?
I had a cardiac catherization 10 years ago to see the size of my patent ductus artereosis. It was very small so it was left as is. My cardiologist had no concern and I was never prescribed any medications. I had no other follow up after that. Now, I am 27
Likely all ok: A small PDA present at age 17 is likely going to remain small and unobtrusive for life. If concerned about it, a good cardiac exam with the stethoscope, an electrocardiogram (electrical tracing of the heart) and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) can give you the assurance that you need. Much of that might be overkill, however. I suspect you are just fine. ...Read more
Spect images demonstrate inferior and apical reversibility from my nuclear stress test. Is a cardiac catherization must be done?
Not enough data...: Inferior ; apical reversibility means there is some ischemia in those regions. Without seeing the images it is difficult to tell how much. If there is very mild ischemia, some cardiologists may decide to do medical management (only medicines). If there is any significant amount of ischemia, cardiac catheterization is usually done. Again, it depends on the clinical scenario. Not enough data. ...Read more
Up to the operator: It's at the discretion of the operator. You can voice your preference though. ...Read more
Cardiac catherization showed100% blockage in LAD & other (oy has collateral). Do I need immediately cabg, robotic assisted bypass, or just medicine now?
CABG gives good revascularization with durable, dependable results for most.
The risks are dependent on other factors
heart and lung and kidney function.
If you are stable, work with your doctors to be in the best shape before procedures.
The specific coronary anatomy, distal target sites help us guide the choices. ...Read more
If someone gets stents during a cardiac catherization, will they be prescribed aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) or both? If both do the same thing then why both?
I recently had a cardiac catherization done everything turned out well but I got a real bad reaction on my face and neck so bad my face broke out with real bad acne and neck what can I do?
During cardiac catherization procedure, if 100% blockage found in an artery, would the dye injected & the chather used cause plague moving or problem?
Tubes & X-Ray Info: A tube in inserted via a peripheral artery &/or vein, passed through the vessel to the heart arteries & into &/or through the heart chambers to measure pressure, blood flow &/or "see blood" via dye injected into the blood flowing through artery (s) &/or vein (s) near/around heart. Dye in the blood makes blood column show on X-Ray for a few seconds to see outline of artery &/or heart chamber opening. ...Read more
Diagnose ; treat: A cardiac catheterization is test done in an special x-ray suite (catheterization laboratory) where long, thin, flexible tubes are directed to the heart through veins and/or arteries to diagnose and treat various forms of heart disease. In the best hands, this is an important tool with valuable results and low risks. ...Read more
Variety of reasons: Cardiac catheterization is performed to assist in the diagnosis of a wide variety of heart problems. Measurements are made of pressure, blood flow, and oxygen saturation in the heart. X-ray dye is injected and pictures taken of the arteries and chambers of the heart. Based on the information obtained, a treatment plan is developed. ...Read more
See Below: Usually, sedation is given - a 2mm incision is made in the femoral artery at the groin, a sheath is inserted, the artery is cannulated with a catheter, dye is injected via catheter to provide contrast so that the cardiologist can read the images via fluoroscopy (x-ray).The injection of dye is repeated to attain images of the heart from enough angles to provide a complete 'picture' of coronaries. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
Depends: The length of time to perform a cardiac catheterization depends on many variables. Often, for a straightforward case, the waiting and preparation take longer than the diagnostic procedure - which can take as little as 15 minutes. If access is difficult or the anatomy tortuous, it can take much longer. ...Read more
Multiple Aspects: A catheterization can be both diagnostic (i.e. Determine information) and therapeutic (i.e. Treat disease). A catheter is like a long iv. Catheters are inserted into arteries and/or veins and threaded up into your heart. Some catheters measure pressure (unique to cath), other's inject dye for pictures, and yet others have balloons and stents to treat diseases. ...Read more
Cath: This test allows your doctor to visualize the coronary arteries (blood flow to your heart), and take pressure measurements in the chambers of your heart in order to determine if there are problems. If a blockage is found in an artery, then it can be fixed with a stent via catheterization. ...Read more
Depends: This depends completely on your insurance, deductible, co-pays, co-insurance, and maximum out of pocket. This question is best directed to your insurance company. Also, your cardiologist will be required to attain an authorization from your insurance for any elective procedure, such as a cath. The hospital attains authorizations for emergent procedures. ...Read more
Multiple: The cardiac catheterization is a costly procedure. The breakdown of the fees apply to physician services, hospital charges for the use of equipent and staff (usually a nurse and 2-3 technicians) and then teh preparatory care as well as the post procedural care. There are included charges for the catheters. Once theser are added up the charges can total in the tens of thousands of dollars. ...Read more
Multiple: Principal complications are stroke, myocardial infarction, death, bleeding, and infection. The risks of stroke, mi, death, and infection are one in 1000. The risk of bleeding at the puncture site is approximately 1 in 100. If an angioplasty or stent is performed, the risks are higher. ...Read more
The procedure involves threading a catheter through your artery, often from the groin area up to the heart and inside it. It is an invasive procedure and this infections, bleeding, cardiac arrythmia risks etc....Also, this process also uses some dye, thus can cause some kidneys trouble, or even an allergic reaction etc....
Fortunately, this is done commonly and risks are low...
Good luck. ...Read more
Very safe: The risk of serious complication is about 0.1% over a million are done in the usa each year. It takes about 20 minutes, doesn't hurt, and is very routine. ...Read more
By closing entry: Cardiac catheterization is the procedure where a plastic tube is placed in an artery in the groin or wrist and under xray guidance dye is injected to visualize the coronary arteries and see if blockages are present. At the end of the procedure the catheter is removed from the entry point and pressure is held to stop bleeding, a closing device may place a plug or a stitch may be placed. ...Read more
An angiogram: Where contrast is injected into coronary arteries for visualization under fluoroscopy. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on what is being done. For a simple left heart diagnostic cath, about 20 minutes. If it's a left and right heart diagnostic cath, about 40 minutes. If an angioplasty and stent are also placed, about 60-90 minutes. If there are technical problems, it can sometimes take longer. ...Read more
Depends: The test is done for various reasons such as to look at the coronary arteries or to evaluate valves. No blockages in the arteries, normal pressures, normal contraction of the heart, and no leakage or blocks in the valves would be a normal test. Well also normal size of the heart chambers, no clots or humors. ...Read more
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