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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

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How do I go about getting a second opinion for a heart procedure?

How do I go about getting a second opinion for a heart procedure?

Heart procedure: Ask your dr. For a referral to a person for 2nd opinon or find the second opinion dr. Yourself. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What if the heart is poked during the procedure pericardiocentesis?

What if the heart is poked during the procedure pericardiocentesis?

See below: During pericardiocentesis the exploring needle is connected to an electrode which helps monitor the position of the needle. If the heart muscle is touched it can be immediately repositioned. ...Read more

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What can you tell us about a heart cath procedure?

What can you tell us about a heart cath procedure?

Invasive diagnostic : A heart catheterization is done from a groin or arm artery by passing a very small hollow plastic tube to the heart. Pressures in the heart can be measured through the catheter and liquid dye can be injected to make an angiogram to show how strong the heart squeezes and whether or not there are any blockages in the coronary arteries. It is an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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Could you please give me a detailed description for heart catherization procedure.?

Could you please give me a detailed description for heart catherization procedure.?

Catheterization : A site is numbed over the groin or radial artery. A catheter is introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart where measurements and pictures are recorded. When done catheter removed, wound closed and patient recovered. ...Read more

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My grandma is getting heart stents and I am scared for her. What are the risks with this procedure?

My grandma is getting heart stents and I am scared for her. What are the risks with this procedure?

Ask her doctor: As with any invasive procedure there is the potential for many complications. Fortunately, these complications are usually very rare. Some of them are dependent on the patient as well as the circumstances. Her doctor is going to be the best reference for your grandmother's special case. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Is it true that a heart catheterization procedure is dangerous?

There is some risk: The risk of diagnostic catheterization for the average patient is 0.1% or one complication in 1000 procedures. If the illness you are looking for is dangerous enough, this level a risk is acceptable to determine whether a serious underlying illness is present. ...Read more

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