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How Risky Or Dangerous Is A Cardiac Catheterization
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
How common is a serous complication such as a DVT/PE, cardiac tamponade or death from an EP study for evaluation of NSVT??
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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