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Is it normal to have some groin discomfort 8 days after a heart cath? Also what are the odds of developing a clot after a heart cath if never had one

Is it normal to have some groin discomfort 8 days after a heart cath? Also what are the odds of developing a clot after a heart cath if never had one

Groin pain: You may have a small knot in the groin causing pain if there is swelling or moderate discoloration or pain in the lower leg see your cardiologist. ...Read more

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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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Had heart cath 6days ago through groin. Bruised & knot where procedure occurred and 2&1/2 inches down from that area. Normal?

Had heart cath 6days ago through groin. Bruised & knot where procedure occurred and 2&1/2 inches down from that area. Normal?

Post CATH: Some bleeding into the groin is not unusual post femoral puncture. It often dissects lower also. This should not in general be pulsatile or painful. It is worth having your dr. Check it. ...Read more

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Heart cath 2 wks ago. Firm knot in my groin I thought was hematoma but now feels like it has a tail and goes to another knot that is rock hard. Normal?

No not normal: Likely the vein has had a problem like scarring or a clot. Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, the blood clots there have little significance, still, a reason for follow up. ...Read more

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Husband has AAA stent. Right groin was site of heart cath as well as AAA stent. 3 weeks post op still has hard swelling. Is this bad?

Husband has AAA stent. Right groin was site of heart cath as well as AAA stent. 3 weeks post op still has hard swelling. Is this bad?

Not necessarily: 2 intervention via one femoral artery, can cause scar tissue, but be in touch with your cardiologist and he might order a doppler from the site. ...Read more

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How long does soreness last from heart cath done this past thursday & looks like some beat me as have large area of bruise on groin and upoer leg?

How long does soreness last from heart cath done this past thursday & looks like some beat me as have large area of bruise on groin and upoer leg?

Bruising is common: Typically soreness should last only a few days whereas bruising might persist for weeks. Reabsorption of blood between facial layers takes time (the cause of the bruising). If femoral nerve trauma or irritation is present the pain in the groin might persist for some time (neuropathic). ...Read more

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How long does soreness last from heart cath done 3 days ago and why huge bruising at groin leg site of the cath?

Not uncommon: It's not uncommon to be soar at the cath site. Discoloration is also typical as I little bit of bleeding at the site will cause a black and blue area. I would give the soarness a week to ten days to resolve before getting worried about it. ...Read more

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How long does soreness last from recent heart cath and is it normal to have huge bruises in groin and leg at site of cath?

How long does soreness last from recent heart cath and is it normal to have huge bruises in groin and leg at site of cath?

Huge? Not the norm: But possible - a bruise might form at the catheter insertion site, and the area may feel sore or tender for about a week. Let your doctor know if you have problems such as: a constant or large amount of bleeding at the insertion site that can't be stopped with a small bandage. Unusual pain, swelling, redness at or near the insertion site. Talk to your doctor about activity restriction. ...Read more

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Had heart cath through both femoral arteries two days ago for svt. Now severe cramping from right groin through thigh. Should I be concerned?

Had heart cath through both femoral arteries two days ago for svt. Now severe cramping from right groin through thigh. Should I be concerned?

Yes: It sounds like you had an electrophysiology study not a heart cath. Regardless, there could be vascular trauma that could lead to clots forming in the thigh veins. You should go and get evaluated along with an ultrasound of the leg vasculature to be safe. ...Read more

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My friend got heart valve surgery and has been experiencing groin pain?

My friend got heart valve surgery and has been experiencing groin pain?

Eval: If the heart was accessed in any way through the groin, then it is possible to have soreness, but usually in heart valve surgery groin access is not needed. ...Read more

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What does bridging during heart cath mean?

What does bridging during heart cath mean?

Let me explaIN: A myocardial bridge is a band of heart muscle that lies on top of a coronary artery, instead of underneath it. With a myocardial bridge, part of a coronary artery dips into and underneath the heart muscle and then comes back out again. The band of muscle that lies on top of the coronary artery is called a "bridge, " and this is how the condition gets its name. ...Read more

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What is hypokinesis seen on heart cath? Otherwise normal

Hyokinesis: Describes an area of the heart not contracting as well as the other areas around it. Can come from a lack of sufficient blood flow to the heart muscle in that area, or could indicate damage from a previous heart attack. ...Read more

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What is a high risk heart cath?

Cath: High risk cardiac cath would refer to the risk of the procedure in the individual patient. Cardiac cath in and of itself carries a fairly low risk but in some people because of their condition, the risk is higher and in some, the risk is much higher because of their instability. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have heart cath if I'm allergic to iodine?

How dangerous is it to have heart cath if I'm allergic to iodine?

Discuss with MD: Can be potentially life- threatening. You must discuss this situation with your physician and decide whether an alternative approach is a possibility or whether premedication is needed. ...Read more

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Can dye from heart cath cause uti?

CATH: Angiographic dye is unlikely to cause uti. Sometimes there are UTI like sensations when it is excreted. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a heart cath done via arm?

Yes: Yes, it is. In fact some centers prefer that route. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to have sex after heart cath?

A few days: You do not want to place stress on the groin puncture site for the first 2-3 days after a cath. Generally sexual activity can resume at the time you can start full exertion and lifting. ...Read more

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9 hours after heart cath broke out in rash on torso of body?

9 hours after heart cath broke out in rash on torso of body?

Rash on torso: I would be concerned about a delayed reaction to the contrast used during the cath. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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Just had a heart cath., told that I have a twisted artery. What is the dangers?

Just had a heart cath., told that I have a twisted artery. What is the dangers?

Maybe none: An artery becomes "twisted" or more tortuous usually secondary to high blood pressure. If there is no blockage in the artery, it may not pose any additional risk. Ask the cardiologist who performed the cath. ...Read more

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If Heart Cath show blockages and I get a stent, does that mean I will be admitted to ICU?

Most likely: In our facility all patients post intervention are admitted overnight to our ICU part of the CCU. This varies across the country and in different facilities. Call the nursing supervisor in your local hospital and ask this question. She/He will let you know what their standard procedure is for this clinical scenario. ...Read more

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Had a heart cath. Told I had a thickened heart muscle. How serious? Can I reduce thickness?

Yes: Heart cath does not diagnose a thickened heart muscle. An echocardiogram or ultrasound does, unless it is a more serious condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The more common condition is LVH or hypertrophy of the heart which is caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Reversing the blood pressure can reverse some of the LVH particularly with ace inhibitors. ...Read more

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I had a heart cath that showed no blockages. Does that mean I'm out of the woods for heart attack?

I had a heart cath that showed no blockages. Does that mean I'm out of the woods for heart attack?

Probably: The absence of blockages is very good. However, this does not mean there is no atherosclerotic disease. It just means there is no narrowing. Though highly unlikely the disease could break away suddenly and cause a heart attack (ruptured plaque). You must have risk factors and symptoms to have been cathed at 37. Control of weight, diet, exercise, smoking, etc are still very important for you. ...Read more

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I had a heart cath in july that was fine. I still have chest and some back pain. What could it be?

I had a heart cath in july that was fine. I still have chest and some back pain. What could it be?

See answer: Certainly ruling out cardiac causes of chest pain is of paramount importance. With a clean bill of health from a cardiologist, other causes can be sought, including "heart burn" from gerd like symptoms, musculoskeletal conditions, pleuritic like conditions, etc. Continue to have other causes adressed by your pcp and hopefully an answer will be forthcoming. Good luck. ...Read more

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Am I going to have problems with shellfish after reacting to the dye after a heart cath? Never was before.

Am I going to have problems with shellfish after reacting to the dye after a heart cath? Never was before.

No. Urban myth.: Radiocontrast media (RCM) reactions are in no way linked with shellfish allergy. ...Read more

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Dr. Says I need heart cath on both sides of my heart. I'm scared is it safe? My family has a history of heart disease. Will I be ok?

Safe if needed: The risks of a heart catheterization are small (<1:1000 serious complications). Any invasive procedure carries risk, but these procedures ave small risk. You should not be frightened, but be sure that it is indicated. Fh alone does not suffice, but it is a risk factor. Risk factors, coupled with symptoms (chest symptoms or breathlessness) coupled with abnormal functional studies might suffice. ...Read more

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Two doctors found a suggestion of myocardial ischemia, had a heart cath and was clean? What does that mean if they both saw something?

Two doctors found a suggestion of myocardial ischemia, had a heart cath and was clean? What does that mean if they both saw something?

Tests: Tests are not always 'right'. Whatever test was interpreted as 'suggestion of ischemia', was likely not specific in this case ...Read more

Groin Pain (Definition)

Groin pain refers to discomfort in the area where the abdomen ends ...Read more


Groin (Definition)

The region or crease between ...Read more