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Groin Complications Following Cardiac Catheterization
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
Pressure measurement: Right heart catheterization is usually carried out to measure oxygen levels, intracardiac pressures, and cardiac output, as well as cardiac tissue biopsies. The right side of the heart is reached through the venous system (from the leg (femoral) or the neck (jugular) vein). A catheter (plastic tube) is used to carry out the above tasks and a bioptome is used to do the biopsy. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What procedure can be done to eliminate infection in leg after blood vessel graft following heart bypass?
Infection: Any infection after surgery is bad. You probably need IV antibiotics and get a culture from the infected site. This my need a readmission for proper treatment. Please see the doctor. ...Read more
It's complicated: Heart surgery is risky - there are risks of stroke, heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, infection, bleeding, even death. However, for some patients, depending on their individual medical condition and heart blood vessel anatomy, having heart surgery is less risky than not having heart surgery. Many many studies have been devoted to trying to identify who these patients are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They don't but can: Usually angiogram of the aorta and carotid arteries is not part of the cath. Procedure for pfo closure. So it is not performed. But, technically, an angiogram of the carotids, coronaries or other structures can be performed during the same procedure if there was an indication for it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most pts have there asthma controlled and have infrequent episodes . These pts do well post op. The more brittle asthmatics may require more agressive pulmonary toilet post op. They may require IV steroids and breathing treatments . They may not tolerate the beta blockers that are used . Despite this even difficult asthmatic pts do well they may need a little longer recovery time ...Read more
How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?
It depends: It depends on the ablation type: almost never for wpw, atrial fibrillation/flutter or ventricular tachycardia; 1% or less for avnrt (atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia). In avnrt, there is an extra 'lane' in the av node that conducts electrical impulses leading to tachycardia and the ablation can unintentionally damage the whole av node resulting in heart block and need for pacemaker. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A fib: Risk of emboli going to brain causing stroke. Rapid ventricular response(heart rate to high) may cause angina, dizziness, passing out, heart attacks, other heart irregular rhythms. Let you cardiologist manage case. Is complex to explain here. It is certainly manageable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can stent be used to open 100% blockage in an artery such as LAD during cardiac catheterization procedure . Cons and pros please. Thank.
Yes, if needed: Total blockage may occur suddenly - this is what causes a heart attack. Then the goal of the procedure is to get the blocked artery open asap (<90min) to save otherwise dying heart muscle. If the blockage is chronic, then it should be opened if the supplied muscle is alive and the patient's active lifestyle brings out symptoms. Stress scanning may be helpful to determine this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increase in vertigo events & tremor post TIA (q? Sepsis complication) with brainstem symptoms. Awaiting MRI & Transoesophageal Echo. Potential DDx?
Embolism: It sounds like your doctors suspect endocarditis which may throw septic emboli into the brain which causes ischemia or infarction of brain tissue and depending on where the tissue damage is, you would develop symptoms similar to what you describe. Are you on broad spectrum iv abc? are you on anti-coagulants? why are you waiting for a brain MRI? that should be done urgently to eval brain insult. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Burning sensation from left nipple status post open chest prcedure for valve repair 3 weeks status post operation?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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