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What is a venous access device (port-a-cath)?

What is a venous access device (port-a-cath)?

PORT-A-CATH: This is a device that works by monitoring a catheter in a vein to keep ready access to injection of intravenous medications or fluids. The device stays in place for a prolonged period and thereby avoids the need to repeatedly puncture a vein to administer medications or fluids. ...Read more

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Where are the catheters inserted during a cardiac catheterization procedure?

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 bridging to transplantation with a left ventricular assist device a risky procedure?

Is bridging to transplantation with a left ventricular assist device a risky procedure?

Depends: Like most of medicine and life, you have to balance relative risk vs absolute risk. The absolute risk of an lvad is high (stroke, infection, death) but if the heart is really failing and a donor cannot be found, the relative risk of not doing an lvad may be higher than putting one in. It all depends on the overall clinical circumstances. ...Read more

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Is a Malecot catheter the same as a Foley catheter?

Dr. Ramsay Kuo Dr. Kuo
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No: A Malecot catheter is more typically used to drain the kidney via a passage through the back or the bladder through a suprapubic passage. It has soft extended flanges at its tip to help hold it in place. A Foley catheter has a smooth rounded tip and is inserted into the urethra to drain the bladder ...Read more

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Training the bladder with a Foley catheter?

Training the bladder with a Foley catheter?

Need more Info: At your age its difficult to comprehend your question. Foley catheters are a major cause of bladder and kidney infections. Be careful. ...Read more

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Can you use an electrical nerve stimulation device if you had a heart stent placed a year before?

Can you use an electrical nerve stimulation device if you had a heart stent placed a year before?

Stent: Probably yes, after about three months the stent is covered with endothelial cells and becomes part if the vessel wall. ...Read more

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What's a pulmonary artery catheter used for?

Cardiac function: The PA catheter is used to measure pressures in the pulmonary circulation and measure cardiac output . Both are critical informations needed to assess cardiac function in critically sick patients and guide therapy. ...Read more

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Where is the perma cath placed for dialysis?

Where is the perma cath placed  for dialysis?

The neck: The permacath is placed in the internal jugular vein on either the right or left side of the neck. It is generally considered a temporary dialysis access, with an arteriovenous fistula being the favored dialysis access. It is recommended that people not shower with a permcath because it increases the infection risk. ...Read more

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Can catheterization or angioplasty be an option for a mechanical valve that sticks?

Can catheterization or angioplasty be an option for a mechanical valve that sticks?

Valve replacement: Not really, you need to be sure what the problem with the valve is and if its a clot in there, fiddling with a catheter can send it off to the brain. ...Read more

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Can a pretty nurse inserting a Foley catheter cause an erection ?

Can a pretty nurse inserting a Foley catheter cause an erection ?

Yes: It happens often with patients. Nurses are aware of this and it's usually not a problem since it's not usually voluntary. ...Read more

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Whats a peripheral intravascular stent placement?

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Whats a peripheral intravascular stent placement?

Dilation of blockage: Using a vascular catheter, not an open surgical procedure, a balloon is used to dilate a blocked artery. This may be followed by placing a stent, a metal alloy support scaffold, can be placed to hold the vessel open. Aggressive medications will be needed to control the risk factors that contributed to the blockage. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a CT scan with a LINQ cardiac loop recorder implant?

Is it safe to have a CT scan with a LINQ cardiac loop recorder implant?

YES: CT imaging is just MULTIPLE regular X Ray images! MRI is the test you may NOT be able to have! Your Cardiologist can clarify this issue for you! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is catheter angiography necessary before bypass surgery for someone with CAD ?

Is catheter angiography necessary before bypass surgery for someone with CAD ?

Yes: Is not possible to have bypass surgery without first having cardiac catheterization. The surgeon requires a detailed picture of the coronary anatomy to know if the patient is suitable for bypass surgery and to know where to put the bypass grafts during the operation. ...Read more

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What is a hickman catheter?

Hickman catheter: A hickman line is a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis. Hickman lines may remain in place for extended periods and are used when long-term intravenous access is needed. ...Read more

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What is a Foley catheter colposcope?

What is a Foley catheter colposcope?

Different things: A foley catheter is a plastic or latex tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine from it. A colposcope is an instrument used to visualize the cervix under magnification. ...Read more

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Why does a heart rate go down after a catheter angiogram procedure?

Why does a heart rate go down after a catheter angiogram procedure?

Not true necessarily: I do angiograms almost on a daily basis. In the distant past, the contrast we used made the heart stop for a couple of seconds or would slow it down in some people (immediately after the injection); but that is a thing of the past anymore. ...Read more

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From heart cath, coronary procedure notes: femoral angio with loss of flow into sf. no closure. what does this mean?

From heart cath, coronary procedure notes: femoral angio with loss of flow into sf. no closure. what does this mean?

See below: SF is superficial femoral artery. From your brief description, it sounds like you had temporary compromise to the circulation in your leg. That can be from spasm, clot, or tear. It must be okay or you'd be in pain and they would have operated. However, to not exacerbate it, they did not use a closure device which, otherwise, would have been used. ...Read more

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As a diagnostic procedure, a catheter (thin tube) can be inserted into a heart chamber and the pressures there, true?

As a diagnostic procedure, a catheter (thin tube) can be inserted into a heart chamber and the pressures there, true?

True: You've described a "heart catheterization" exactly as it would appear on the consent form! (i know you've run out of room: the rest of the line is, "and the pressures are measured there."). ...Read more