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Is it a common to have the perfusion scan after the angiogram of the heart?

Is it a common to have the perfusion scan after the angiogram of the heart?

Yes: After an angiogram, the perfusion scan may be done prior to stenting to plan the revascularization procedure. In addition, the perfusion scan can be down a couple of years later to help assess response to therapy. ...Read more

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Angiogram (Definition)

An angiogram is a picture of the inside of ones blood vessel (vein or artery) created by injecting a clear liquid (radiopaque dye) which appears to be white (or ...Read more


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What part of the heart would receive less blood if the were a blockage in the left main coronary artery?

What part of the heart would receive less blood if the were a blockage in the left main coronary artery?

Left main: most of the blood to the left ventricle passes thru the left main. That is why it is such a serious lesion. ...Read more

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Is it typical for a venogram of the leg to be performed at the same time as an angiogram?

Vascular studies: It is not uncommon to do venous and arterial studies at the same time. ...Read more

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What is the worst area of the heart to have a mod-large pericardial effusion?

What is the worst area of the heart to have a mod-large pericardial  effusion?

Pericardial effusion: There is no particular area as almost all effusions affect the heart function. However, that being said the worst would be any restriction on ventricular function. ...Read more

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What is the after effect of ablation of the heart due to a palpitation?

What is the after effect of ablation of the heart due to a palpitation?

Improvement maybe: If the procedure is successful, the palpitations will not recur. Of course, if the procedure is not a success, the symptoms will recur. Then there are compkications such as stroke, tamponade (bleeding into the sac around the heart), and injury to blood vessels which may cause bleeding and may require surgical repair. ...Read more

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What is the most effective test to determine the presence of old heart attack to any ventricle of the heart?

What is the most effective test to determine the presence of old heart attack to any ventricle of the heart?

Old heart attack: You should see a cardiologist. One thing they might do is an echo car diorama where they have a, look at the actual motion of the heart muscle and the flow of the blood through the heart. That should show if any part of the heart is not working right, like for instance from damage due to a heart attack. ...Read more

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Can one have an MRI of the plevis if one has a pacemaker? Is there a risk that the leads to the heart could be damaged?

Can one have  an  MRI of  the plevis if one has  a pacemaker? Is there a risk that the leads to the heart could  be damaged?

Depends on pacemaker: Some pacemakers are deemed MRI compatable while others are not. With regards to leads...Since MRI induces strong magnetic fields it was thought this could to heat generation on leads. Talk to your electrophysiologist. Great question. ...Read more

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Will a CT angiogram of the coronary arteries reveal a pulmonary embolism or other lung disease and is it harmful to have 2 CT scans in the same month?

Will a CT angiogram of the coronary arteries reveal a pulmonary embolism or other lung disease and is it harmful to have 2 CT scans in the same month?

It might: A CT angiogram or the coronaries might show a pulmonary embolism, provided that the radiologists obtained full field of view reconstructions (some do not) and the pulmonary embolism is not higher or lower than the field of view. most often, the answer would be yes, a significant PE would be identified on this type of scan. having two ct's in the same month is not optimal, but likely of no harm. ...Read more

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My wife is to having an angiogram via the main artery in the neck. Is this a dangerous procedure?

Carotid angiograms: are general done via femoral artery or brachial artery. Direct access through the carotid (neck artery) is done as a part of stent placement in carotid artery. You need to discuss the risks of procedure relevant to what is gonna be done with physician doing it. Generally there is less than 1% risk of stroke, bleeding and risk of contrast damage to kidney which depends on underlying kidney disease. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have numbness on one side of the body after a cardiac cath?

Is it normal to have numbness on one side of the body after a cardiac cath?

NO: You need to tell the Dr. and get an eval. asap. You may have circulation issues from the the cath procedure and/or nerve irritation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does this mean: Unusual contour to the posterior body of the pancreas which is likely a normal variation of pancreatic anatomy. this was on my ct?

What does this mean: Unusual contour to the posterior body of the pancreas which is likely a normal variation of pancreatic anatomy. this was on my ct?

Please!: Hi. Does "normal variation" ring a bell? It's normal! Why are you even concerning yourself with this? Some people are right-handed, some are left-handed, BOTH are normal. I think you might be among the worried well. Live healthily. ...Read more

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Had a CT A done, this was the results Mild calcification of the left main. Otherwise normal coronary arteries. What does that mean?

Had a CT A done, this was the results Mild calcification of the left main. Otherwise normal coronary arteries. What does that mean?

Occult CAD present: There is evidence of coronary atherosclerosis in your arteries atleast in the left main artery and albeit mild. Over time cholesterol hardens and that is what CT scan picks up. So at your young age if there is early atherosclerosis, you should have your fasting lipid panel be checked and then modify your lifestyle to mitigate progression of cholesterol build in your arteries. ...Read more

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A muscle mass at the back of the neck is this signs of arterial blockage or stroke?Been to cardio and rehabilitation all say it was normal

A muscle mass at the back of the neck is  this signs of arterial blockage or stroke?Been to cardio and rehabilitation all say it was normal

Not vascular: The mass you describe may be the soft tissue overlying the c7 spinous process (vertebra prominens). Many people have a hump there (in the midline). Blood vessels run in the anterior neck, and blockage/stroke risk etc will not present as back of neck mass. ...Read more

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For a bone scan what is the purpose of doing some scans before/during the injection of the tracer? I thought that the scans were after it was absorbed

For a bone scan what is the purpose of doing some scans before/during the injection of the tracer? I thought that the scans were after it was absorbed

Easy imaging...: It sounds like you are referring to a three phase bone scan (flow, blood pool, and delayed images). Early images can provide more information depending on what your condition is. Early images are helpful to look for osteomyelitis, RSD, and some other conditions and can help determine if a condition is acute or chronic. ...Read more

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Is a v fib, where the bottom of the heat flutters and the blood does not go to the rest of the body, considered a heart attack?

Is a v fib, where the bottom of the heat flutters and the blood does not go to the rest of the body, considered a heart attack?

No: Ventricular fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) that can result from a heart attack. A heart attack implies a blockage of one of the coronary arteries resulting in lack of blood supply (and oxygen) to a portion of the heart. However, ventricular fibrillation has many other potential causes. ...Read more

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What is the normal period of time after an injury in which a burn patient is able to receive grafts?

What is the normal period of time after an injury in which a burn patient is able to receive grafts?

While wound is open: 1st- and 2nd-degree burns are partial-thickness wounds and heal on their own in less than 3 weeks. 3rd-degree burns are full-thickness wounds which are the ones that are skin grafted for healing. Skin grafts can be applied at any point that the wound is still open and not yet healed. ...Read more

Perfusion (Definition)

Perfusion usually refers to blood flow into an ...Read more