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Doctor insights on: Cardiac Catheterization Vs Angiogram

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Dr. Nnaemeka Agajelu Dr. Agajelu
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Abia State University College of Medicine and Health Sciences
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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


Dr. Steven Neish Dr. Neish
Pediatrics - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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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.

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Dr. Francis Uricchio Dr. Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Mark Rasak Dr. Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Charles Jost Dr. Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
32 years in practice
University Medical Center of Geneva Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Mark Stern Dr. Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
42 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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.

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Dr. Mathew Chengot Dr. Chengot
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
39 years in practice
University of Kerala, Kottayam Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Francis Uricchio Dr. Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Francis Uricchio Dr. Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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What kind of complications might happen from a cardiac catheterization?

What kind of complications might happen from a cardiac catheterization?

Partial list: Bleeding, infection, irregular heart beat, perforation of the heart, heart attack, dissection of the aorta, cardiac arrest, stroke, renal failure, gangrene, pseudo aneurysm, shock, death.

Dr. James Strader Dr. Strader
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
18 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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What are the risks of cardiac catheterization?

What are the risks of cardiac catheterization?

Rare serious risks: The complication rate for serious adverse events with a routine heart cath is on the order of 1/1000 to 1/10000. While rare, when they do happen they are quite serious, so you should always make the decision for a heart cath in conjunction with an experienced cardiologist. The most common issues are bruising at the cath site in the groin.

Dr. Charles Jost Dr. Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
32 years in practice
University Medical Center of Geneva Faculty of Medicine
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How could someone prevent cardiac catheterization?

How could someone prevent cardiac catheterization?

Not consent: If you don't want a cardiac catheterization, you simply don't consent to it being scheduled. However, this may be a very bad idea; if you have indications for a cardiac cath, you probably need that level of diagnostic imaging. Speak with your cardiologist and make sure you understand the risks of not doing the test. Be careful.

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Dr. Rodney Del Valle Dr. Del Valle
Anesthesiology
32 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Is anesthesia used during a cardiac catheterization?

Is anesthesia used during a cardiac catheterization?

Yes: Most of cardiac catheterizations in usa are perform by sedation by non-anesthesia trained personnel. Mostly register nurses. Few use monitor anesthesia care. Variability between medical centers.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Which catheter is used in a cardiac catheterization?

Which catheter is used in a cardiac catheterization?

CATH: There are a multitude of catheter choices depending on the technique, the site of catheterization and the individual preference of the operator.

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen Dr. Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
35 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What are nursing implications following a cardiac catheterization?

Not much: Assuming you had no radioactive infusions, you should be able to nurse as soon as you can hold the baby. Sometimes your post catheterization instructions give you activity restrictions. As long as you observe these and fell well enough to hold the baby, you should be able to nurse.

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Dr. Mark Stern Dr. Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
42 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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What should a patient do if he or she bleeds after a cardiac catheterization?

What should a patient do if he or she bleeds after a cardiac catheterization?

Direct pressure & ER: Put lots of hard direct pressure over the bleeding point and go to the e r if outside the hospital asap.

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Dr. R. Kannan Mutharasan Dr. Mutharasan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
14 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a double cardiac catheterization as opposed to a cardiac catheterization?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a double cardiac catheterization as opposed to a cardiac catheterization?

Right and left sided: It depends on the context, but to me this sounds like doing both a left heart catheterization and a right heart catheterization. A left heart cath is for checking the arteries in the heart and also the pressure in the left ventricle. A right heart cath is for checking the pressures on the right side of the heart, the left atrium (indirectly) and for measuring cardiac output.

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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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.

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Dr. Liviu Klein Dr. Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
19 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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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.

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Angiogram (Definition)

An angiogram is a picture of the inside of ones blood vessel (vein or artery) created by injecting a clear liquid (radiopaque dye) which appears to be white (or ...Read more


Catheterization (Definition)

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