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Dr. Francis Uricchio
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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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How long for cardiac catheterization results? What’s a normal time to wait for results? My brother said he got his before he left the test, but my doctor scheduled me an appointment three days after my cardiac catheterization. Why do I have to wait so lon

How long for cardiac catheterization results? What’s a normal time to wait for results? My brother said he got his before he left the test, but my doctor scheduled me an appointment three days after my cardiac catheterization. Why do I have to wait so lon

Every : Every cardiologist is different. I myself always be sure and talk with the patient and any family that is present before they are discharged that day and usually provide copies of images. Part of the difficulty is that some of the medication most people receive during the procedure produces some degree of amnesia so some patients may not remember details of the findings. I also see my patients back in the office quickly after to re-review findings and discuss future plans. ...Read more

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How long does cardiac catheterization last?

How long does cardiac catheterization last?

Depends: The length of time to perform a cardiac catheterization depends on many variables. Often, for a straightforward case, the waiting and preparation take longer than the diagnostic procedure - which can take as little as 15 minutes. If access is difficult or the anatomy tortuous, it can take much longer. ...Read more

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How long does a cardiac catheterization procedure last?

Depends: Depends on what is being done. For a simple left heart diagnostic cath, about 20 minutes. If it's a left and right heart diagnostic cath, about 40 minutes. If an angioplasty and stent are also placed, about 60-90 minutes. If there are technical problems, it can sometimes take longer. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a cardiac catheterization to heal?

About 2 weeks --: are you asking about the puncture site? about 2 weeks to heal completely. ...Read more

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Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Yes: The usual risk of the procedure is 1 to 2 in 1000 of a serious complication , including death. ...Read more

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How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

Not a big problem: Unless there is a complication, your leg where the catheter was inserted might be sore for a few days. Otherwise, there should not be a problem. A bruise in the area frequently occurs, but should not cause a problem. ...Read more

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When can someone return to work after a cardiac catheterization?

When can someone return to work after a cardiac catheterization?

Depends: Depends on what was done (ie just pictures or how many stents), was it done for a heart attack or electively, how was it done (groin or wrist), were there any complications, what type of work do you do, etc. Having said that, for routine procedures, i usually let patients with sedentary jobs return to work in 24-48 h or for heavy labor 48-72 hours. ...Read more

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What are the conditions that someone has to be in in order to have a cardiac catheterization?

Chest pain / SOB: Cardiac cath is performed for a variety of reasons, but most typically to investigate possibility of plugging of vessels that feed the heart. This is usually manifested by symptoms that suggest a mismatch between oxygen demand of the heart and oxygen supply via the vessels. Chest pain, shortness of breath, intolerance of exertion are the most common symptoms that buy you a ticket to the lab. ...Read more

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How could someone prevent cardiac catheterization?

How could someone prevent cardiac catheterization?

Not consent: If you don't want a cardiac catheterization, you simply don't consent to it being scheduled. However, this may be a very bad idea; if you have indications for a cardiac cath, you probably need that level of diagnostic imaging. Speak with your cardiologist and make sure you understand the risks of not doing the test. Be careful. ...Read more

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Catheterization (Definition)

This means placing a catheter (hollow tube) into the body. Different catheters are used for different body parts ...Read more


Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more