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I thought i was having a heart attack in 2011. I was hospitalized for 6 days and did every procedure, even a cardiac catheterization. I have improved through medicines but still experience symptoms. What should I do?
Please help! what is the difference between an cardiac intervention and a cardiac diagnostic procedure?
Army?: It's like reconnaissance versus "search and destroy" missions. Diagnostic invasive procedures or heart caths inject dye down the artery to see the problem. Intervention means they've put a wire and balloon (usually followed by a stent) as well down the artery to "intervene" and fix the problem. ...Read more
Multiple Aspects: A catheterization can be both diagnostic (i.e. Determine information) and therapeutic (i.e. Treat disease). A catheter is like a long iv. Catheters are inserted into arteries and/or veins and threaded up into your heart. Some catheters measure pressure (unique to cath), other's inject dye for pictures, and yet others have balloons and stents to treat diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By closing entry: Cardiac catheterization is the procedure where a plastic tube is placed in an artery in the groin or wrist and under xray guidance dye is injected to visualize the coronary arteries and see if blockages are present. At the end of the procedure the catheter is removed from the entry point and pressure is held to stop bleeding, a closing device may place a plug or a stitch may be placed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends on what is being done. For a simple left heart diagnostic cath, about 20 minutes. If it's a left and right heart diagnostic cath, about 40 minutes. If an angioplasty and stent are also placed, about 60-90 minutes. If there are technical problems, it can sometimes take longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different settings: There are different settings for this. The most appropriate is when a patient comes to the hospital with a heart attack in progress, under those circumstances, angioplasty (opening the occluded artery) saves lives. Cardiac catheterization is also indicated in patients with chest pain or shortness of breath with a positive stress test or high risk. Your doctor should decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can stent be used to open 100% blockage in an artery such as LAD during cardiac catheterization procedure . Cons and pros please. Thank.
Yes, if needed: Total blockage may occur suddenly - this is what causes a heart attack. Then the goal of the procedure is to get the blocked artery open asap (<90min) to save otherwise dying heart muscle. If the blockage is chronic, then it should be opened if the supplied muscle is alive and the patient's active lifestyle brings out symptoms. Stress scanning may be helpful to determine this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
During cardiac catherization procedure, if 100% blockage found in an artery , would the dye injected & the chather used cause plague moving or problem?
I am scheduled to have a cardiac cath two days from today. I just discovered I have jock itch can I still have the procedure?
Radial artery: Approach is being used extensively now which would make your question moot. If still a question ask your doctor. ...Read more