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Heart Cath And Angioplasty
Healthy?: I assume you want to know about the risks, in the right hands cardiac catheterization and angioplasty are very safe procedures. We typically quote a risk of death or stroke or possibly heart attack at less than one in one hundred thousand, other minor issues like bleeding from the access site or infection in the site are more common, but still not very common at all. ...Read more
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
Catheter Angiography of Heart for Mitral Valve
Prolapse. Cardiologist said all Artery's are very good .
would this mean the Carotid Artery's also?
Very likely: There is a good correlation between coronary artery disease and carotid artery disease - almost 60% . So a normal coronary artery is likely to indicate a low probability of carotid artery disease. If you absolutely need to know you can get a simple carotid artery ultrasound .( this is a non invasive simple test) ...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
Result of Angiography: three vessel coronary artery desease. preserved LV systolic function.what is best FOR MEAngioplasty or bypass operation?
Depends: If you're diabetic, CABG has better outcomes. If your LEFT MAIN coronary artery has >50% blockage, CABG has better outcomes. Aside from those 2 points, it depends on the skill of the team you have. If they do a lot of angioplasty, that would be preferred. If they don't but their surgical team is first rate, then that would be preferred. ...Read more
No: They are often performed at the same time, but the angiogram is much safer, just injecting liquid dye into the artery (a diagnostic procedure). The stent is a therapeutic procedure that is higher risk of complications (death, bleeding, heart attack, and stroke). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is likelyhood of having heart attack or angina after angioplasty (balloon) & stent placed on main artery?
Angioplasty/stent : Heart attack is not necessarily prevented by angioplasty or stent. We do treat the underlying disease aggressively as well as dual anti platelet therapy to prevent stent thrombosis. If you smoke it negates much of the treatment. Most people do well after angioplasty and stenting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Overlap: Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart. Some other diseases damage heart as well! viral, rheumatic, infections etc when enough muscle damage has happened, then heart failure, poor pumping, and congestion will occur- called CHF congestive heart failure. ...Read more
Depends: When blood flow is sufficiently reduced by a greater than 70% blockage of an artery or arteries, to the point of permanent damage or weaknening of the heart muscle, or when a plaque ruptures and a blood clot repeatedly forms with resulting blockage of blood flow, then an artery needs to be stented, or bypassed. ...Read more
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
I have had 8 heart caths, 6 stents and 2 angioplastys. My last stent was a month ago, and I have another blockage of 50%. Do I have a disability case?
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