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Doctor insights on: Cardiac Catheterization Guidelines

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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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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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Right heart catheterization test procedure?

Right heart catheterization test procedure?

Pressure measurement: Right heart catheterization is usually carried out to measure oxygen levels, intracardiac pressures, and cardiac output, as well as cardiac tissue biopsies. The right side of the heart is reached through the venous system (from the leg (femoral) or the neck (jugular) vein). A catheter (plastic tube) is used to carry out the above tasks and a bioptome is used to do the biopsy. ...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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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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Ecg , cardiac echo, heart enzyme , chest ct, cardiac angio ct, all ok.Still resting heart pulse 53-62.Increase when move.Exclude cardiac issue?

Ecg , cardiac echo, heart enzyme , chest ct, cardiac angio ct, all ok.Still resting heart pulse 53-62.Increase when move.Exclude cardiac issue?

Normal : Low heart rates w/out symptoms can be nl in healthy active individuals. The fact that ur hr increases w/ movement is helpful and points towards normalcy. ...Read more

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Drug-coated cardiac stents safety?

Drug-coated cardiac stents safety?

Watch your platelets: You need two anti platelet drugs to protect from the stents getting thrombosis with blood clots. The length of time required keeps getting shorter and shorter. A thrombosed stent is a heart attack. ...Read more

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When is an interventional cardiac catheterization procedure needed?

When is an interventional cardiac catheterization procedure needed?

Different settings: There are different settings for this. The most appropriate is when a patient comes to the hospital with a heart attack in progress, under those circumstances, angioplasty (opening the occluded artery) saves lives. Cardiac catheterization is also indicated in patients with chest pain or shortness of breath with a positive stress test or high risk. Your doctor should decide. ...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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For what conditions is cardiac catheterization recommended?

For what conditions is cardiac catheterization recommended?

Long list: A very large number of cardiac conditions may possibly require cardiac catheterization. These abnormalities may involve the lining of the heart (pericardium), the muscle of the heart (myocardium), the valves of the heart, or the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries). ...Read more

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How effective is coronary catheterization for treating cardiac arrest?

How effective is coronary catheterization for treating cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac catheterization is not a treatment for cardiac arrest. Cath is a diagnostic procedure not a treatment. Cardiac arrest means you're dead unless the status is changed immediately. It requires immediate treatment and diagnosis afterward assuming treatment causes return to a status compatible with life. ...Read more

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Is cardiac catheterization essential for certain diseases?

Is cardiac catheterization essential for certain diseases?

Yes: Currently cardiac catheterization is considered the gold standard to diagnose certain conditions. At the present, for example, a cardiac catheterization is the definitive means to diagnose coronary artery disease and treat it by such means as percutaneous coronary intervention (balloon or stent palcement).This method also has promise for treating mitral and aortic valve problems in the near future. ...Read more

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What specialty performs the cardiac catheterization?

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 is a cardiac catheterization procedure concluded?

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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Nuclear stress test and cardiac coronary CT angiogram, which do you recommend?

Nuclear stress test and cardiac coronary CT angiogram, which do you recommend?

Depends on situation: Nuclear stress test involves looking at perfusion of heart for defective areas representing coronary artery disease looking for areas of permanent damage versus areas that are reversible possible related to area of coronary narrowing. Coronary ct angiogram looks at anatomy of coronary arteries looking for areas of narrowing and blockage.Answer depends on information physician needs and insurance. ...Read more

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How healthy are cardiac catherizatiion or angioplasty?

How healthy are cardiac catherizatiion or angioplasty?

Healthy?: I assume you want to know about the risks, in the right hands cardiac catheterization and angioplasty are very safe procedures. We typically quote a risk of death or stroke or possibly heart attack at less than one in one hundred thousand, other minor issues like bleeding from the access site or infection in the site are more common, but still not very common at all. ...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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Catheterization (Definition)

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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Cardiac (Definition)

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