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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

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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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?

By following your: Discharge instructions. This varies greatly depending upon access site (groin vs. Radial). ...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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What information can be revealed by a cardiac catheterization?

What information can be revealed by a cardiac catheterization?

Pressures: In addition to coronary anatomy and evaluation of the valves and the heart muscle, cardiac catheterization allows measurements to be obtained inside the heart chambers to determine how well the heart pumps and fills, as well as the blood pressure in the lungs. More advanced evaluation may include an intracoronary (inside the blood vessel) ultrasound to see and measure blockages (plaques). ...Read more

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What is the difference between an ivus and a cardiac catheterization?

What is the difference between an ivus and a cardiac catheterization?

IVUS: A heart cath is the procedure to place a catheter in the heart arteries. Usually contrast is injected to see blockages. Ivus is intravascular ultrasound which may be performed during the heart cath to clarify questionable blockages. ...Read more

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What post-op care is recommended to patients of cardiac catheterization?

What post-op care is recommended to patients of cardiac catheterization?

Rest and fluids: Post cardiac cath. Pts should rest and not lift greater than ten pounds or drive for 48 hrs. Drink plenty of water to flush out the dye and keep an eye on the access site for pain or color change. After 48 hrs if no isues are noted patient can resume normal activities. Meds such as glucophage or Coumadin (warfarin) special instructions for restarting will be given. Notify your dr if pain fever numbness etc. ...Read more

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When should someone stop consuming alcohol before cardiac catheterization?

When should someone stop consuming alcohol before cardiac catheterization?

Long before: Alcohol is a toxin to the heart and more than two drinks a day has been associated with arrhythmias and heavy drinking can lead to weakening of the heart. Alcohol in moderation is good for the heart up to 2 glasses of red wine daily. Since, alcohol can interact with medications, one should not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to angiography. Chronic drinkers, are a risk for withdrawl. ...Read more

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Where are the catheters inserted during a cardiac catheterization procedure?

Tubes: Catheters are about 100 cms long plastic tubes with one or more holes and preformed flexible tips to make it easy to direct into the openings of the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Is it contraindicated to get more than one stent during a cardiac catheterization procedure?

No: No, we do it all the time. Although it is unusual, I have put in as many as 7 stents at one time. The average number of stents per patient is 1. 5. ...Read more

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What are the differences if any between cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography?

What are the differences if any between cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography?

Tubes +/- Dye to see: Blood in blood vessels. Cath=tubes inserted into blood vessels; used to measure pressures &/or inject agents into blood, via the tube. Angio (blood)graph (picture)y is injection of contrast agents into blood, during catheterization, so as to image, typically using X-Ray (a few seconds) or NMRI (few minutes) blood flow within blood vessels. Problem: does not show plaque; only narrowings due to clots. ...Read more

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How long for cardiac catheterization results? What’s a normal time to wait for results? My brother said he got his before he left the test, but my doctor scheduled me an appointment three days after my cardiac catheterization. Why do I have to wait so lon

How long for cardiac catheterization results? What’s a normal time to wait for results? My brother said he got his before he left the test, but my doctor scheduled me an appointment three days after my cardiac catheterization. Why do I have to wait so lon

Every: Every cardiologist is different. I myself always be sure and talk with the patient and any family that is present before they are discharged that day and usually provide copies of images. Part of the difficulty is that some of the medication most people receive during the procedure produces some degree of amnesia so some patients may not remember details of the findings. I also see my patients back in the office quickly after to re-review findings and discuss future plans. ...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 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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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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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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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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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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How long does it take for a cardiac catheterization to heal?

How long does it take for a cardiac catheterization to heal?

About 2 weeks --: Are you asking about the puncture site? About 2 weeks to heal completely. ...Read more

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What diseases can be diagnosed from a cardiac catheterization?

Artery and valvular: Cardiac catheterization involves evaluating the anatomy and pressures of the heart as well as the function. Thus, we can see blocked arteries, look at malfunctions of the various valves, investigate the overall function of the heart muscle, and see the results in pressures in the lungs. We can also see if there are abnormal connections between the hear chambers. ...Read more

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What symptoms can be expected after a cardiac catheterization?

What symptoms can be expected after a cardiac catheterization?

None: When catheterization goes well, there should not be any symptoms. Some patients get a soreness at the access site which should go away within hourse to days. Other bruising that shows up 24-48 hours after the procedure. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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


Catheterization (Definition)

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