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Why do some people need a heart catheterization?

Why do some people need a heart catheterization?

Diagnostic: For certain heart problems (cad), cardiac catheterization is the best diagnostic tool. Also, based on findings during cath, interventions can be done as indicated.

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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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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.

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Is it true that a heart catheterization procedure is dangerous?

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.

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Hoping you can tell me, is heart catheterization procedure dangerous?

Hoping you can tell me, is heart catheterization procedure dangerous?

Catheterization: A site is numbed over the groin or radial artery. A catheter is introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart where measurements and pictures are recorded. When done catheter removed, wound closed and patient recovered. The risk is quite low for most people on the level of 1 death/1000 patients even lower in some labs.

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I just had heart catheterization done n it shows a PDA moderate to latge with a very small posterolateral system. Help. What is the system thing?

I just had heart catheterization done n it shows a PDA moderate to latge with a very small posterolateral system. Help. What is the system thing?

Cardiology jargon: In describing the coronary artery anatomy, we use the term "system" to describe an artery and its associated small branches. The PDA is most commonly from the right coronary artery (rca). The rca may also supply a posterolateral (pl) system (then called a rpl), or a pl system may come off the left sided artery, the circumflex artery (then called the lpl).

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My mom is having a heart catheterization procedure tomorrow and I am so worried. Is this dangerous thing?

My mom is having a heart catheterization procedure tomorrow and I am so worried. Is this dangerous thing?

See below: Every procedure has risks. The risks of a heart cath are serious but rare. She will be in a hospital and surrounded by doctors. She will do fine.

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Echocardiography 2months ago. Estimated LVEF was 60%. The heart catheterization a month later estimated it at (About 50%).what does dr mean by (about 50) is it 49. and is the heart function impaired?

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Echocardiography 2months ago. Estimated LVEF was 60%. The heart catheterization a month later estimated it at (About 50%).what does dr mean by (about 50) is it 49. and is the heart function impaired?

Normal: Value for the echocardiogram 60% value. On the newer units, this value is computed on the computer of the ultrasound. There maybe that much of a discrepancy from a catch value but tend to trust the echo value, which is normal. Values 55% or higher tend to be considered normal give or take a couple of percentages.

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What are the risks of doing a Heart Catheterization if the arteries turns out to be normal? Can you still die from the procedure?

What are the risks of doing a Heart Catheterization if the arteries turns out to be normal? Can you still die from the procedure?

Rare but yes: Any invasive procedure has cimolications. The most common for this one are at the place where the catheter gores in blleding clottong damage to artery or nerve abiut 2-4 % in general Death occurs in Less than 1% of cases proprobably less than 0.5% but it can occur. There are several tests that can be done to reduce the negative rate of catheterization discuss complications with your doctor

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Other than a cardiac catheterization.....is there another way to really see blockages in and around the heart? If so what are the options?

Other than a cardiac catheterization.....is there another way to really see blockages in and around the heart? If so what are the options?

Yes, but...: Although cardiac cath (coronary angiography) is the most common way to detect and to visualize blockages in the coronary arteries, there are other ways, to direct and indirectly detect blockages in the coronary arteries. CT angiography is one, and non-invasive stress tests are others. It depends on your clinical situation, your doctor may choose different tests.

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Why do doctors give people mucomyst (acetylcysteine) before heart catheterization?

Why do doctors give people mucomyst (acetylcysteine) before heart catheterization?

Mucomyst (acetylcysteine): Mucomyst (acetylcysteine) was thought for a time to help reduces contrast-induced nephropathy. Recent studies, however, have suggested that it's role is negligible in preventing this complication of IV contrast procedures, so it is not recommended anymore.

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Is it possible to have heart catheterization that left a knot or lump in the groin area?

Knot: After catheterization through the groin vessels, a lump of hematoma is not uncommon. In can take a few weeks to completely resolve.

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Heart catheterization report say : minimal coronary artey disease, 50% diagonal small branch. Ejection Fraction 55%. what does it mean?

Heart catheterization report say : minimal coronary artey disease, 50% diagonal small branch. Ejection Fraction 55%. what does it mean?

Not worrisome: The report says it all: "minimal" coronary disease. Many otherwise healthy people have cholesterol build-up in their arteries that causes no problems. Having said that, it's a reminder that diet and exercise and avoidance of smoking are needed to keep these from turning into problems. The 55% ejection fraction is normal. It means the heart is pumping well.

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Is groin/leg pain a few days after a heart catheterization common?

Is groin/leg pain a few days after a heart catheterization common?

Yes: Yes, this is fairly common and will usually resolve over the next two weeks with no intervention. However, rarely damage to the artery at the groin site can lead to a fistula or recurrent hematomas and if the pain persists it should be evaluated by a doctor.

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Is a stress test or heart catheterization worse to have for someone that has CHF?

Is a stress test or heart catheterization worse to have for someone that has CHF?

CHF: Either test should be performed under medical supervision once the heart failure is stabilized. The route would depend on more clinical information.

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If you scheduled for a heart catheterization and you develop a bladder infection, does it need to heal before the heart catheterization procedure?

If you scheduled for a heart catheterization and you develop a bladder infection, does it need to heal before the heart catheterization procedure?

UTI's: No elective invasive diagnostic or surgical procedure should be performed in the presence of infection. Yes, you should wait unless is declared an emergency.

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For what reason would a doctor delay or postpone a left sided heart catheterization for 3 days?

Delay: There are many reasons why a study might be delayed. They can vary from problems with the scheduling, the lab equipment, and other non patient related factors to problems with the patients condition. Ask your dr. What is pertinent to you.

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My grandma is 67 y/o and she did a heart catheterization few days ago and her doctor said she need a CABG too can she not do the CABG surgery?

My grandma is 67 y/o and she did a heart catheterization few days ago and her doctor said she need a CABG too can she not do the CABG surgery?

Difficult language: I'm sorry - I just don't understand what you're asking. If your grandma had a heart cath and was told that she needs a CABG, she must have serious blockage present. If she has symptoms of chest discomfort, the case is even stronger. Be sure she gets a surgeon who does them every day, has been doing them for years, and is well respected by his colleagues.

Catheterization (Definition)

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