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How long does it take for your groin area to recover from a cardiac catherization?

How long does it take for your groin area to recover from a cardiac catherization?

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

Catheterization (Definition)

This means placing a catheter (hollow tube) into the body. Different catheters are used for different body parts ...Read more


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I am undergoing a cardiac catherization in a couple of weeks. Is it ok for me to consume alcohol?

I am undergoing a cardiac catherization in a couple of weeks. Is it ok for me to consume alcohol?

Limited: One serving of alcohol per day until one week prior to the catheterization and then none, since it may interact with sedation and bleeding. ...Read more

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During cardiac catherization, if blockage found, which best to use to open the blockage:balloon or stint, cons and pros please?

During cardiac catherization, if blockage found, which best to use to open the blockage:balloon or stint, cons and pros please?

Stents: Provided that the anatomy is favorable for such. Stenting keeps arteries open longer....Disadvantage is need for Plavix (clopidogrel) after which is generally far outweighed by benefits. ...Read more

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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

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

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Spect images demonstrate inferior and apical reversibility from my nuclear stress test. Is a cardiac catherization must be done?

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

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How do you determine where the IV is inserted arm, neck, or groin during cardiac catherization?

How do you determine where the IV is inserted arm, neck, or groin during cardiac catherization?

Up to the operator: It's at the discretion of the operator. You can voice your preference though. ...Read more

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Cardiac catherization showed100% blockage in LAD & other (oy has collateral). Do I need immediately cabg, robotic assisted bypass, or just medicine now?

Cardiac catherization showed100% blockage in LAD & other (oy has collateral). Do I need immediately cabg, robotic assisted bypass, or just medicine now?

It depends: 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

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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?

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?

Antiplatelet: Dual antiplatelet treatment is standard of care based on multiple studies, Aspirin works by the prostaglandin pathway, clopidogrel (& others) work via the P2Y12 receptor pathway, you need at least both pathways, there are numerous other pathways to platelet activation, ...Read more

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During cardiac catherization procedure, if 100% blockage found in an artery, would the dye injected & the chather used cause plague moving or problem?

During cardiac catherization procedure, if 100% blockage found in an artery, would the dye injected & the chather used cause plague moving or problem?

Cardiac cath: During cath a 100% blockage or any blockage is not disrupted by the dye or catheter. But a rare complication during the procedure can happen like a dissection of the coronaries induced either by the cathete or the dye. This can happen either with blockage or without. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization?

What is cardiac catheterization?

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

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What is a cardiac catheterization?

What is a cardiac catheterization?

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

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Why is cardiac catheterization done?

Why is cardiac catheterization done?

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

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Is cardiac catheterization intrusive?

Is cardiac catheterization intrusive?

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. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization help?

What is cardiac catheterization help?

Its diagnostic: Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic test to evaluate pts with coronary artery blockages, valve disease, congenital heart problems etc. From there the operator determines if surgery or stenting etc is needed. Its very accurate but is invasive. ...Read more

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What does a cardiac catheterization do?

What does a cardiac catheterization do?

Takes a picture: Cardiac catheterization is used to take a picture of the arteries of the heart, the pumping chambers of the heart, the valves of the heart, and to make hemodynamics measurements regarding the function of the heart. ...Read more

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Can you describe cardiac catheterization?

Can you describe cardiac catheterization?

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

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What is a double cardiac catheterization?

Double catheterization: We don't use that terminology but perhaps you mean a right and left heart catheterization. ...Read more

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How intrusive is cardiac catheterization?

How intrusive is cardiac catheterization?

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

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Will I die from a cardiac catheterization?

Will I die from a cardiac catheterization?

1 to 2 in 1000 die: Quoted mortality is 1 or 2 in 1000. ...Read more

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How long does cardiac catheterization last?

How long does cardiac catheterization last?

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

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What is a cardiac catheterization procedure?

What is a cardiac catheterization procedure?

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

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What are cardiac catheterization procedures?

What are cardiac catheterization procedures?

Catheterization: The procedure involves sliding catheters through your blood vessels to the heart. The catheters are used to measure pressures, take samples, inject dye for imaging and other purposes. When imaging is performed with cath we call it angiography. Often they go together. ...Read more

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What purpose does cardiac catheterization serve?

What purpose does cardiac catheterization serve?

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

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Is cardiac catheterization covered by insurance?

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

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Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Yes: The usual risk of the procedure is 1 to 2 in 1000 of a serious complication, including death. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a cardiac catheterization?

What is the purpose of a cardiac catheterization?

Diagnosis: To diagnose disease process and plan treatment
pre op for surgery CABG sx valve sx
pfo closure cardiomyopathy treatment- ie. Alcohol ablation precedure treatment. ...Read more

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Who are candidates for a cardiac catheterization?

Who are candidates for a cardiac catheterization?

Diagnosis/treatment: Candidates for cardiac catheterization include 1) a patient in whom additional information is required to make a diagnosis, or 2) the diagnosis is known but detailed anatomical information is required to determine the appropriate type of therapy. ...Read more

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What are the expenses of cardiac catheterization?

What are the expenses of cardiac catheterization?

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

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What are complications of cardiac catheterization?

What are complications of cardiac catheterization?

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

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Why can you not eat before cardiac catheterization?

Why can you not eat before cardiac catheterization?

Risk of vomitng: Possible need for anesthesia and vomiting from contrast can cause aspiration etc and complications. ...Read more

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Is the cardiac catheterization a risky thing to do?

Some risk...: 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

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What specialty performs the cardiac catheterization?

The "Other" Guys: Interventional cardiologists are what they call themselves. Those are the guys who deploy stents. Many general cardiologists also do their own "diagnostic" catheterizations to look at, but not fix arteries. ...Read more

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How risky or dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

How risky or dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

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

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How is a cardiac catheterization procedure concluded?

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

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What procedure is involved in cardiac catheterization?

What procedure is involved in cardiac catheterization?

An angiogram: Where contrast is injected into coronary arteries for visualization under fluoroscopy. ...Read more

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How long does a cardiac catheterization procedure last?

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

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What are normal results after a cardiac catheterization?

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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Cardiac (Definition)

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