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How risky or dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

How risky or dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

Very safe: The risk of serious complication is about 0.1% over a million are done in the usa each year. It takes about 20 minutes, doesn't hurt, and is very routine. ...Read more

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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 dangerous is an angioplasty with stent?

How dangerous is an angioplasty with stent?

<2% risk death : About 5% risk of heart attack. Safer through the wrist (radial) than the groin (femoral) for bleeding complications. ...Read more

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How risky is a cardioversion?

How risky is a cardioversion?

Low Risk: This is a very low risk procedure if proceeded by a tee, transesophogael echocardiogram. ...Read more

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How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??

How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??

Do you drive?: Nothing is 100% safe, however, EP studies are safe, probably safer than driving a car. You may visit this site for more information. https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/electrophysiology_study_and_catheter_ablation/index.html ...Read more

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Is the cardiac catheterization a risky thing to do?

Is the cardiac catheterization a risky thing to do?

Some risk...: The procedure involves threading a catheter through your artery, often from the groin area up to the heart and inside it. It is an invasive procedure and this infections, bleeding, cardiac arrythmia risks etc....Also, this process also uses some dye, thus can cause some kidneys trouble, or even an allergic reaction etc.... Fortunately, this is done commonly and risks are low... Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a transeptal puncture required to access the left ventricular during an EP study for ventricular tachycardia? If so, is it as risky as A-fib?

Is a transeptal puncture required to access the left ventricular during an EP study for ventricular tachycardia? If so, is it as risky as A-fib?

If the tachycardia: is originating from a left sided focus either transeptal approach or retrograde approach across the aortic valve would be necessary. Any time you are intervening on the left side there are slightly increased risks but in experienced hands this is no more concerning than any other interventional procedure. ...Read more

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Is it contraindicated to get more than one stent during a cardiac catheterization procedure?

Is it contraindicated to get more than one stent during a cardiac catheterization procedure?

No: No, we do it all the time. Although it is unusual, I have put in as many as 7 stents at one time. The average number of stents per patient is 1 .5. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

Can you tell me how dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterizat: For most patients cardiac catheterization is a low risk procedure, it is not without risk though so should not be done unless a good reason for it is present. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how serious is a heart catheterization?

I'm wondering how serious is a heart catheterization?

Procedure : In terms of risk: there is a 10-20% chance of bleeding in the access site. Rarely does this need surgery to repair it or antibiotics for infections. The major complications are stroke, heart attack or death; these are about 1 in 1000. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a cardiac event monitor?

Depends: This is not an uncommon test ordered. It is used to see if any cardiac arrhythmia is associated with symptoms you are having. ...Read more

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

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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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a cardiac catheterization?

Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing  a cardiac catheterization?

Yes: You will have an IV placed to give light sedation. You will then have the artery in your thigh accessed and a catheter placed in the vessel. Local anesthesia numbs the skin. The cardiologist can then use fluoroscopy -xray- to guide the catheter up to the heart. Contrast dye is then injected and xray pictures taken. Stents can also be placed similarly. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a myocardial perfusion scan done without a cardiologist?

Is it safe to have a myocardial perfusion scan done without a cardiologist?

Probably: At some hospitals, physicians assistants are who is actually present during the study. As these tests usually involve some type of stressing of the heart, it is important that whoever is supervising the test has the knowledge to make the decision that the patient is stable and that it is safe.. In most cases, a cardiologist has had some input in that decision even if not there for the test. ...Read more

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Can arrhythmia or tachycardia caused by a panic/anxiety attack lead to cardiac arrest or cardiac event if so what age gender and race is more at risk?

Can arrhythmia or tachycardia caused by a panic/anxiety attack lead to cardiac arrest or cardiac event if so what age gender and race is more at risk?

Not usually. : Typically stress/anxiety causes the heart to race by activating the "adrenaline" part of the nervous system. Only in rare conditions like long qt syndrome does this cause serious arrhythmias. Since you smoke your risk of heart artery blockage is greater than that for a non-smoker. ...Read more

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How risky is an aortic valve replacement without a blood transfusion?

How risky is an aortic valve replacement without a blood transfusion?

Depends: Many patients can have aortic surgery without anemia or need for transfusion. Large, young, good hemoglobin and careful primary surgery without anemia will do well. If small, old, anemic, frail one can die without blood availability and use. If one has substantial intraoperative, or postoperative bleeding transfusion and blood or products are necessary to save the patient. ...Read more

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How risky is a heart ef of 15%?

How risky is a heart ef of 15%?

Low EF: Unfortunately, a low ef is dangerous for the possibility of lower chamber abnormal heart rhythms that can cause your heart to stop called ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation. Medications are used to help increase the heart strength but if ef remains less than 35% after 3-9 months than the recommendations are for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or icd. ...Read more

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How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

Better than altern.: Heart transplant recipients can now days expect nearly a 90% 1 yr survival and 75% at 5 years. This therapy is for patients with end stage heart failure who otherwise have a poor quality of life and limited prognosis without transplant or lvad. ...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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Is it true that a heart catheterization procedure is dangerous?

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

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If creatinine is 1.8 can angio and stenting be done or is it unsafe?What is the safest level of creatinine if person had a heart attack 15 days ago?

If creatinine is 1.8 can angio and stenting be done or is it unsafe?What is the safest level of creatinine if person  had a heart attack 15 days ago?

HIgh creatinine : With a creatinine (c) of 1.8 mg/dl, you have some chronic kidney disease (ckd). There is some potential for you to have some temporary impairment of your kidney function (kf) due to the dye used in the angio procedure. Discuss your c level with your cardiologist to see how you should proceed and with what precautions. Any impairment of your kf will probably be temporary, if it occurs. Good luck. ...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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Cardiac (Definition)

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