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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. ...Read more

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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Who is the best person to read Heart catheterization films (CD) not the reports? I am seeking a second opinion. Which exact specialty or sub specialty?

Who is the best person to read Heart catheterization films (CD) not the reports? I am seeking a second opinion. Which exact specialty or sub specialty?

Heart cath: Interventional cardiologist would be best place to start to review your heart catheterization. Your health problems may be from other causes, however. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Last october, I had a heart catheterization done and it wasclear. But I still have chest pain. Today, a new doctor ordered another one. Is it safe please?

Yes, it is safe.: A heart catheterization is generally safe with serious complications in a couple of percent of people. The risk of having one a year after your last one is not increased. However, depending on the details of the prior catheterization the chance that is yields new information is very low. I would suggest meeting with a cardiologist in his office and talking about the findings from last year first. ...Read more

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Why was my younger brother rushed to hospital for emergent heart catheterization after severe crushing chest pain. Didn't have heart attack BUT his troponin level was high? Got discharged 2 days later.

Why was my younger brother rushed to hospital for emergent heart catheterization after severe crushing chest pain. Didn't have heart attack BUT his troponin level was high? Got discharged 2 days later.

My understanding is: That if he had these symptoms and his serial troponins were high, then he by definition DID have a heart attack, despitewhat the catheterization showed. This would be spasm of the coronaries, not blockage. It is called Prinzmetal's angina and can cause a heart attack with clean coronaries ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization used for? I don’t really understand what my doctor told me, so i’m not sure why i’m having a cardiac catheterization, except it’s something with my heart. I tried looking up online, but it talks about angiography and angiop

What is cardiac catheterization used for? I don’t really understand what my doctor told me, so i’m not sure why i’m having a cardiac catheterization, except it’s something with my heart. I tried looking up online, but it talks about angiography and angiop

Heart vessels: Coronary angiography is to inject IV dye in the heart vessels to see if someone has a blocked artery. Angioplasty is the procedure to open the blockage with a balloon and stent. Your doctor wants to make sure you do not have clogged arteries. ...Read more

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Pulmonary hypertension in echo, so heart catheterization next. With EDS (weaker collagen)&many vascular symptoms, is the test OK for me? Other option?

Pulmonary hypertension in echo, so heart catheterization next. With EDS (weaker collagen)&many vascular symptoms, is the test OK for me? Other option?

It is the best tests: EDS can cause pulmonary hypertension, a condition that usually is difficult to diagnose with the physical exam only. Most cardiologist would start with non-invasive testing like an echocardiogram but to confirm such diagnosis right heart catheterization is still the best (invasive) diagnostic procedure. Follow up with your cardiologist because there is treatment for pulmonary HTN. ...Read more

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My heart doctor wants me to have a Cardiac catheterization after telling him I am having chest pain but I had a nuclear stress test no blockages?

My heart doctor wants me to have a Cardiac catheterization after telling him I am having chest pain but I had a nuclear stress test no blockages?

He may be right: Chest pains can be caused by coronary artery disease or by unrelated causes. If your pain is brought on by exertion, then I would favor that you undergo cardiac catheterization as the nuclear stress test is not 100% reliable. I personally have had such an expereince that nuclear test was fine but it missed significant narrowing of coronary arteries which was only detected on coronary artery cathet ...Read more

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Cardiology I have been having chest pain on exertion for a couple of years. After a stress test and a cardiac catheterization, the blockage is too small and behind the heart and hard to reach to place a stent. I am on plavix, zocor, (simvastatin) ecotrin,

Your: Your exertional chest pain (angina) is a result of poor blood flow to the region of your heart supplied by this small artery. Based on your description, this sounds like a lower-risk lesion for serious complications like major heart attack or sudden cardiac death; and so would not warrant surgical bypass or higher-risk stenting. The good news for you is that a recent large clinical trial (courage study) has taught us that this type of blockage is treated very effectively with aggressive medical therapy. You are already on good drugs, but you may benefit from increased doses and/or the addition of newer anti-anginal therapy like Ranolazine (ranexa). If you have not already been referred to cardiac exercise rehab, this may also help relieve your angina. ...Read more

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Who does right heart catheterization?

Interv cardiology: An interventional cardiologist does cardiac catheterizations - right or left. ...Read more

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Right heart catheterization test procedure?

Right heart catheterization test procedure?

Pressure measurement: Right heart catheterization is usually carried out to measure oxygen levels, intracardiac pressures, and cardiac output, as well as cardiac tissue biopsies. The right side of the heart is reached through the venous system (from the leg (femoral) or the neck (jugular) vein). A catheter (plastic tube) is used to carry out the above tasks and a bioptome is used to do the biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: right heart catheterization?

What is the definition or description of: right heart catheterization?

Venous catheter: Allows us to measure the pulmonary pressures andcarciac out put. ...Read more

Catheterization (Definition)

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