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Is cardiac catheterization dangerous? I’m having one next week. My doctor explained the procedure, and it seems like there’s a lot that could go wrong. Are the odds of dying during this procedure high?

Is cardiac catheterization dangerous? I’m having one next week. My doctor explained the procedure, and it seems like there’s a lot that could go wrong. Are the odds of dying during this procedure high?

About 1 in 10,000: The risks of any procedure must be balanced against the benefit to you. Your doctor should given you information about why the test is necessary. A diagnostic heart cath has a mortality risk of about 1 in 10, 000, but there are other complications to consider such as stroke, bleeding, and heart attack during the procedure usually less than 1 in 1000. The most common problem is groin bruising 4 %. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...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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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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Can you tell me how dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

Can you tell me how dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterizat: For most patients cardiac catheterization is a low risk procedure, it is not without risk though so should not be done unless a good reason for it is present. ...Read more

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What people area most at risk from a cardiac catheterization?

What people area most at risk from a cardiac catheterization?

Stroke or Bleeding: A cardiac catheterization is when a tube is inserted into the artery of the arm or leg and advanced to the heart to inject iodinated dye into the coronary arteries. Risks include bleeding, stroke, heart attack, rhythm disturbances, and even death. Overall risk of a major problem is 1:1000. Poorer health, older age, severe hardening of the arteries, diabetes and renal failure increase the risk. ...Read more

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How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

Not a big problem: Unless there is a complication, your leg where the catheter was inserted might be sore for a few days. Otherwise, there should not be a problem. A bruise in the area frequently occurs, but should not cause a problem. ...Read more

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What problems can be detected through a cardiac catheterization?

What problems can be detected through a cardiac catheterization?

Many: Cardiac catheterization is excellent at detecting blocked heart arteries, leaking or narrowed heart valves, damage to the muscle of the heart, and abnormalities of the lining of the heart (pericardium). ...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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When can I expect the results for cardiac catheterization to be available?

Usually right away: In general, your cardiologist will speak to you (and perhaps your family members) right after your angiogram. But of course, everything is individualised to the patient and the situation so speak to your cardiologist beforehand to ask when you can expect to discuss what is seen during the procedure with her/him. ...Read more

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What is the difference between double cardiac catheterization and cardiac catheterization?

What is the difference between double cardiac catheterization and cardiac catheterization?

Unknown: I have been performing cardiac catheterizations since my fellowship in 1990-1993 and I have never heard of a 'double' cardiac catheterization. It is possible to perform angiograms of other parts of the anatomy during a cardiac catheterizaiton but you only have one heart. However the cardiologist can perform a right and left heart catheterization instead of just a left heart which is more common. ...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


Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more