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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?

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?

By following your: Discharge instructions. This varies greatly depending upon access site (groin vs. Radial). ...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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When should someone stop consuming alcohol before cardiac catheterization?

When should someone stop consuming alcohol before cardiac catheterization?

Long before: Alcohol is a toxin to the heart and more than two drinks a day has been associated with arrhythmias and heavy drinking can lead to weakening of the heart. Alcohol in moderation is good for the heart up to 2 glasses of red wine daily. Since, alcohol can interact with medications, one should not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to angiography. Chronic drinkers, are a risk for withdrawl. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization?

What is cardiac catheterization?

Tubes & X-Ray Info: A tube in inserted via a peripheral artery &/or vein, passed through the vessel to the heart arteries & into &/or through the heart chambers to measure pressure, blood flow &/or "see blood" via dye injected into the blood flowing through artery(s) &/or vein(s) near/around heart. Dye in the blood makes blood column show on X-Ray for a few seconds to see outline of artery &/or heart chamber opening. ...Read more

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What is a cardiac catheterization?

What is a cardiac catheterization?

Diagnose ; treat: A cardiac catheterization is test done in an special x-ray suite (catheterization laboratory) where long, thin, flexible tubes are directed to the heart through veins and/or arteries to diagnose and treat various forms of heart disease. In the best hands, this is an important tool with valuable results and low risks. ...Read more

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Why is cardiac catheterization done?

Why is cardiac catheterization done?

Variety of reasons: Cardiac catheterization is performed to assist in the diagnosis of a wide variety of heart problems. Measurements are made of pressure, blood flow, and oxygen saturation in the heart. X-ray dye is injected and pictures taken of the arteries and chambers of the heart. Based on the information obtained, a treatment plan is developed. ...Read more

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Is cardiac catheterization intrusive?

Is cardiac catheterization intrusive?

Yes: It's an invasive procedure in which a catheter (small tube) is inserted in an artery (blood vessel) in your wrist or groin, then fed backwards to your heart in order to take pictures of the heart arteries. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization help?

Its diagnostic: Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic test to evaluate pts with coronary artery blockages, valve disease, congenital heart problems etc. From there the operator determines if surgery or stenting etc is needed. Its very accurate but is invasive. ...Read more

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What does a cardiac catheterization do ?

What does a cardiac catheterization do ?

Takes a picture: Cardiac catheterization is used to take a picture of the arteries of the heart, the pumping chambers of the heart, the valves of the heart, and to make hemodynamics measurements regarding the function of the heart. ...Read more

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Can you describe cardiac catheterization?

Can you describe cardiac catheterization?

See Below: Usually, sedation is given - a 2mm incision is made in the femoral artery at the groin, a sheath is inserted, the artery is cannulated with a catheter, dye is injected via catheter to provide contrast so that the cardiologist can read the images via fluoroscopy (x-ray).The injection of dye is repeated to attain images of the heart from enough angles to provide a complete 'picture' of coronaries. ...Read more

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What is a double cardiac catheterization?

Double catheterization: We don't use that terminology but perhaps you mean a right and left heart catheterization. ...Read more

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How intrusive is cardiac catheterization?

How intrusive is cardiac catheterization?

Somewhat: Intrusive? Well it usually involves putting a large bore needle into your femoral artery - however if you can benefit from it (because you can stent arteries open during the same procedure) it is less intrusive than open heart surgery but more intrusive than having a stress test or doing nothing (and maybe dying at home). ...Read more

Catheterization (Definition)

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


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Cardiac (Definition)

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