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Heart Abrasion Procedure
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
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. The risk is quite low for most people on the level of 1 death/1000 patients even lower in some labs. ...Read more
Heart procedure: Call the hospital's business office and ask. ...Read more
Echo: A technician puts gel on your skin and moves the transducer over the skin thru the gel to obtain ultrasound images of the heart. The patient lies quietly on the table. The test is not uncomfortable. ...Read more
I had an ablation done 2 months on my heart & for the past 2 weeks I feel the way I did before my procedure is this normal?
What medication do you recommend for a broken heart? Not physically. Mentally. One girl is crushing me, and it hurts. Is there a procedure?
Broken heart: As my mother used to say, there are many fish in the sea. Rejection always hurts but getting out and finding a new source of love interest is probably the best way of getting over the last one. Try and learn from each relationship so you grow and profit from the experiences. If you're lucky you won't have repeated traumas, sometimes it takes a while to make a meaningful longterm connection. ...Read more
My boyfriend has to have shock treatment for his heart. How safe is this procedure? They want to make his upper heart in sync with the lower.
Pretty safe: Pretty safe and usually well-indicated, meaning the benefits largely outweigh the risks. Patients usually get sedation so they are not too uncomfortable while their heart gets shocked. Good luck! ...Read more
What is the recovery time after getting a pacemaker? At the end of this week, I am planning to have the procedure to place a pacemaker inside of me to keep my heart in check. What is the expected recovery time? Are there any special consideration me or my
Usually short: Most patients have the procedure as an outpatient or with a single overnight stay. There is often a restriction on arm movement and weight bearing for the arm on the side the device is placed which may be up to 6 weeks. You should check with the physician performing the procedure. ...Read more
Ablation: Ablation is a technique performed in in electrophysiology laboratory where the electrical behavior of the heart is mechanically altered. Although this is an invasive procedure, it is not technically surgery. Early in the history of ablation, surgical ablation was performed. Now that the percutaneous techniques have been refined, surgery is rarely performed for atrial flutter.. ...Read more
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
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
Wow: Please stay close with your pediatric cardiologist and follow his instructions -- it may take 6 months to a year depending on the infant health in general. ...Read more
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
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
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
Depends: If the bypass is done before there is a lot of damage and if there are no complications, the patient should do well. Pain should improve and the patient should be able to recover. ...Read more
Seriously?: Tatib5, in medicine, as in life, there are never any guarantees. I tell my patients that I guarantee that I will do my best to help them and i'll be there for them if things go wrong. Bypass surgery is a routine operation with a low operative mortality in most patients guarantees are not possible. ...Read more
CABG: No surgeon in his right mind would guarantee a surgical result to a patient. In general coronary bypass patients have over a 90% chance of signficant improvement of their symptoms. In some situations that number won't be realistic and the patient is generally made to understand what they can hope for. ...Read more
What is the procedure for heart ablation things I should worry about I need to know prior to surgery? Steve
Must know risks, etc: Any invasive body procedure must, by law, be discussed with you beforehand. U need to know what u have, what the procedure will hopefully correct, how often the procedure does not work, what are the potential risks (including fataliities). There are a number of indications for ablation, most common atrial fibrillation. It involves cutting nerve fibers in specific areas of heart. Informed consent. ...Read more
Is it normal for that who had stents inserted into his heart to have difficulty in breathing following the procedure?
Depends: Some of the medications can cause shortness of breath. If they were placed on Brilinta (ticagrelor), it may be from the medicine. However, if they have any chest pain or shortness of breath is the symptoms they were complaining of prior to stent placement I would have them evaluated immediately. ...Read more
How safe and qhat should I look for and do after heart angiogram procedure. Is it painful. I am nervous to do it. Thanks for any feedback.
Angiogram: When done by experienced cardiologists its a safe procedure with some discomfort but little pain. ...Read more
Heart rate faster and found that extra pathway in heart. Suggested RFA using Ensite. Is this procedure safe and any side effects in future?
Safe: There might be a possibility of recurrence if RFA is incomplete ...Read more
Can u tell me what procedure I had, IV laid under a camera 30min then treadmill then something in IV then back under a camera to see my heart?
This Friday got to go for a procedure with lidocaine. I had general anes. 2 years ago. Is it safe to say my heart is going to handle the lidocaine?
Lidocaine Safety: Lidocaine is a safe and effective anesthetic, when used appropriately. Since you are having an Echocardiogram, I assume you have a potential heart problem. Lidocaine can negatively affect the heart in higher doses or if injected directly into the circulation, as can happen in dental procedures. Have your heart checked first, then the dental procedure. Lidocaine does have reversible side effects. ...Read more
My dad 53 years had angioplasty last year, at what interval heart check up is required and what are procedure to check the heart is functioning well?
Post PCI stress test: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the use of balloon angioplasty, stents, or other devices to treat coronary artery disease. Whether patients who have had PCI need to have periodic stress tests in follow up has been debated. The right answer for a particular patient really depends on the history, symptoms, nature of the coronary problems, EKG, exercise capacity, and other factors. ...Read more
I had an abortion two days ago and I didn't start bleeding at all until the evening10. Hours later ever since the procedure. My heart skips beats. Help
Bleeding: Some bleeding for a week or so after an abortion or even D&C for a miscarriage is normal. However, heavy menstrual type bleeding or passage of tissue especially with heavy cramping could mean retained pregnancy tissue. You should be seen by a gynecologist around 2 weeks after the procedure for a post op check and to discuss birth control. ...Read more
Heart procedure: Ask your dr. For a referral to a person for 2nd opinon or find the second opinion dr. Yourself. ...Read more
Depends on operation: Heart transplant; sternotomy, institution cardiopulmonary bypass bi caval cannulation after suitable replacement heart in room, clamp&transect aorta, pulmonary artery, amputate ventricles on atrial side of av groove, anastomose new heart to atrial cuffs 3-0 prolene, aortic anastomosis 4-0 prolene, then pulmonary atery anastomosis, release cross clamp, wean off cardiopulmonary bypass, dry&close up. ...Read more
Lumbar puncture: The heart rate and the spinal tap procedure are unrelated. If you have a rapid heart rate then meditation, relaxation techniques, and biofeedback can help. Cardiovascular exercise also helps to lower heart rate. See your medical doctor to evaluate the heart rate. In addition, your medical doctor should provide you with the results of your cerebrospinal fluid studies from the lumbar puncture. ...Read more
Need docs answers! What guarantee does a heart bypass procedure give to a stricken heart patient?
The: Guarantee that if the pipes are not cleaned, the stricken heart could get much worse, and even still stop working! ...Read more
My mom is having a heart catheterization procedure tomorrow and I am so worried. Is this dangerous thing?
See below: Every procedure has risks. The risks of a heart cath are serious but rare. She will be in a hospital and surrounded by doctors. She will do fine. ...Read more
What can a Heart PET Scan diagnos? If it is Abnormal result, what is the outcome needed procedure or treatment plan?
Heart perfusion: A heart PET scan evaluates the blood flow to the heart. It can also detect prior damage and give information on the overall function of the heart. This test is not widely used in cardiac evaluations, thus addressing an abnormality on the scan would depend on why your doctor recommended the scan for you. ...Read more
Had a gastroscopy done and was put to sleep. During the procedure my heart rate spiked to 220. Dr was concerned. I'm only 18. What could this be?
Heart rate: Likely you had a paroxysmal tachycardia. It should be worked up to see if there's a structural or physiologic problem that needs attention. Don't ignore the episode, see your Doc or a cardiologist about it. ...Read more
My dad is in his 80s & has a fib. Meds are not working & he will have procedure to have his heart "shocked". How do they do this? Is it dangerous?
A fib: Cardiac defibrillation done routinely. There are 2 ways. Shock with paddles through his chest to stop his heart and then restart. Also it can be done by putting an echo probe in his food pipe and then shocking his heart through that probe. It requires very low voltage as heart is next to the probe end. They will give him mid sedation. It is very safe procedure. ...Read more
57yr male.2 stemis in 8 months resulting in lv heart failure with ef less than 30%. Docs proposing new 'parachute' procedure. Good idea? Experiences?
Yes: As a center participating in parachute trial, if u have evidence of certain areas of the heart that have been infarcted, i.E, dead tissue causing aneurysm all dilation of those segments, and the rest of your heart is ok, then this would be an ideal procedure for you, as studies suggest that one can improve symptoms and heart failure status, as well as improve your overall heart function... ...Read more