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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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What are normal results after a cardiac catheterization?

What are normal results after a cardiac catheterization?

Depends: The test is done for various reasons such as to look at the coronary arteries or to evaluate valves. No blockages in the arteries, normal pressures, normal contraction of the heart, and no leakage or blocks in the valves would be a normal test. Well also normal size of the heart chambers, no clots or humors. ...Read more

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What symptoms can be expected after a cardiac catheterization?

What symptoms can be expected after a cardiac catheterization?

None: When catheterization goes well, there should not be any symptoms. Some patients get a soreness at the access site which should go away within hourse to days. Other bruising that shows up 24-48 hours after the procedure. ...Read more

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What should a patient do if he or she bleeds after a cardiac catheterization?

What should a patient do if he or she bleeds after a cardiac catheterization?

Direct pressure & ER: Put lots of hard direct pressure over the bleeding point and go to the e r if outside the hospital asap. ...Read more

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How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

By following your: Discharge instructions. This varies greatly depending upon access site (groin vs. Radial). ...Read more

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When can someone return to work after a cardiac catheterization?

When can someone return to work after a cardiac catheterization?

Not Long: People go home the same day or the day after, barring complications. We usually advise people to avoid heavy "squat" lifting for 2-3 days while the catheter entry sites heal over, but people are up and moving almost as soon as we get the "sheaths" (tubes that we put the wires through) pulled out. ...Read more

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What is a cardiac catheterization procedure?

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 more

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What purpose does cardiac catheterization serve?

What purpose does cardiac catheterization serve?

Cath : This test allows your doctor to visualize the coronary arteries (blood flow to your heart), and take pressure measurements in the chambers of your heart in order to determine if there are problems. If a blockage is found in an artery, then it can be fixed with a stent via catheterization. ...Read more

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Why can you not eat before cardiac catheterization?

Why can you not eat before cardiac catheterization?

Risk of vomitng: Possible need for anesthesia and vomiting from contrast can cause aspiration etc and complications. ...Read more

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How risky or dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

How risky or dangerous is a cardiac catheterization?

Very safe: The risk of serious complication is about 0.1% over a million are done in the usa each year. It takes about 20 minutes, doesn't hurt, and is very routine. ...Read more

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Is cardiac catheterization essential for certain diseases?

Is cardiac catheterization essential for certain diseases?

Yes: Currently cardiac catheterization is considered the gold standard to diagnose certain conditions. At the present, for example, a cardiac catheterization is the definitive means to diagnose coronary artery disease and treat it by such means as percutaneous coronary intervention (balloon or stent palcement).This method also has promise for treating mitral and aortic valve problems in the near future. ...Read more

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What diseases can be diagnosed from a cardiac catheterization?

What diseases can be diagnosed from a cardiac catheterization?

Artery and valvular: Cardiac catheterization involves evaluating the anatomy and pressures of the heart as well as the function. Thus, we can see blocked arteries, look at malfunctions of the various valves, investigate the overall function of the heart muscle, and see the results in pressures in the lungs. We can also see if there are abnormal connections between the hear chambers. ...Read more

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What are the risks of cardiac catheterization?

Rare serious risks: The complication rate for serious adverse events with a routine heart cath is on the order of 1/1000 to 1/10000. While rare, when they do happen they are quite serious, so you should always make the decision for a heart cath in conjunction with an experienced cardiologist. The most common issues are bruising at the cath site in the groin. ...Read more

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How could someone prevent cardiac catheterization?

How could someone prevent cardiac catheterization?

Not consent: If you don't want a cardiac catheterization, you simply don't consent to it being scheduled. However, this may be a very bad idea; if you have indications for a cardiac cath, you probably need that level of diagnostic imaging. Speak with your cardiologist and make sure you understand the risks of not doing the test. Be careful. ...Read more

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Is anesthesia used during a cardiac catheterization?

Is anesthesia used during a cardiac catheterization?

Yes : Most of cardiac catheterizations in usa are perform by sedation by non-anesthesia trained personnel. Mostly register nurses. Few use monitor anesthesia care. Variability between medical centers. ...Read more

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Which catheter is used in a cardiac catheterization?

CATH: There are a multitude of catheter choices depending on the technique, the site of catheterization and the individual preference of the operator. ...Read more

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What are nursing implications following a cardiac catheterization?

Not much: Assuming you had no radioactive infusions, you should be able to nurse as soon as you can hold the baby. Sometimes your post catheterization instructions give you activity restrictions. As long as you observe these and fell well enough to hold the baby, you should be able to nurse. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a double cardiac catheterization as opposed to a cardiac catheterization?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a double cardiac catheterization as opposed to a cardiac catheterization?

Right and left sided: It depends on the context, but to me this sounds like doing both a left heart catheterization and a right heart catheterization. A left heart cath is for checking the arteries in the heart and also the pressure in the left ventricle. A right heart cath is for checking the pressures on the right side of the heart, the left atrium (indirectly) and for measuring cardiac output. ...Read more

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What information can be revealed by a cardiac catheterization?

What information can be revealed by a cardiac catheterization?

Pressures: In addition to coronary anatomy and evaluation of the valves and the heart muscle, cardiac catheterization allows measurements to be obtained inside the heart chambers to determine how well the heart pumps and fills, as well as the blood pressure in the lungs. More advanced evaluation may include an intracoronary (inside the blood vessel) ultrasound to see and measure blockages (plaques). ...Read more

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What post-op care is recommended to patients of cardiac catheterization?

What post-op care is recommended to patients of cardiac catheterization?

Rest and fluids: Post cardiac cath. Pts should rest and not lift greater than ten pounds or drive for 48 hrs. Drink plenty of water to flush out the dye and keep an eye on the access site for pain or color change. After 48 hrs if no isues are noted patient can resume normal activities. Meds such as glucophage or Coumadin (warfarin) special instructions for restarting will be given. Notify your dr if pain fever numbness etc. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization?

What is cardiac catheterization?

Tubes & X-Ray Info: A tube in inserted via a peripheral artery &/or vein, passed through the vessel to the heart arteries & into &/or through the heart chambers to measure pressure, blood flow &/or "see blood" via dye injected into the blood flowing through artery(s) &/or vein(s) near/around heart. Dye in the blood makes blood column show on X-Ray for a few seconds to see outline of artery &/or heart chamber opening. ...Read more

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What is a cardiac catheterization?

What is a cardiac catheterization?

Diagnose ; treat: A cardiac catheterization is test done in an special x-ray suite (catheterization laboratory) where long, thin, flexible tubes are directed to the heart through veins and/or arteries to diagnose and treat various forms of heart disease. In the best hands, this is an important tool with valuable results and low risks. ...Read more

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Why is cardiac catheterization done?

Variety of reasons: Cardiac catheterization is performed to assist in the diagnosis of a wide variety of heart problems. Measurements are made of pressure, blood flow, and oxygen saturation in the heart. X-ray dye is injected and pictures taken of the arteries and chambers of the heart. Based on the information obtained, a treatment plan is developed. ...Read more

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Is cardiac catheterization intrusive?

Yes: It's an invasive procedure in which a catheter (small tube) is inserted in an artery (blood vessel) in your wrist or groin, then fed backwards to your heart in order to take pictures of the heart arteries. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization help?

Its diagnostic: Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic test to evaluate pts with coronary artery blockages, valve disease, congenital heart problems etc. From there the operator determines if surgery or stenting etc is needed. Its very accurate but is invasive. ...Read more

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What does a cardiac catheterization do ?

What does a cardiac catheterization do ?

Takes a picture: Cardiac catheterization is used to take a picture of the arteries of the heart, the pumping chambers of the heart, the valves of the heart, and to make hemodynamics measurements regarding the function of the heart. ...Read more

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Can you describe cardiac catheterization?

Can you describe cardiac catheterization?

See Below: Usually, sedation is given - a 2mm incision is made in the femoral artery at the groin, a sheath is inserted, the artery is cannulated with a catheter, dye is injected via catheter to provide contrast so that the cardiologist can read the images via fluoroscopy (x-ray).The injection of dye is repeated to attain images of the heart from enough angles to provide a complete 'picture' of coronaries. ...Read more

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What is a double cardiac catheterization?

Double catheterization: We don't use that terminology but perhaps you mean a right and left heart catheterization. ...Read more

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How intrusive is cardiac catheterization?

How intrusive is cardiac catheterization?

Somewhat: Intrusive? Well it usually involves putting a large bore needle into your femoral artery - however if you can benefit from it (because you can stent arteries open during the same procedure) it is less intrusive than open heart surgery but more intrusive than having a stress test or doing nothing (and maybe dying at home). ...Read more

Catheterization (Definition)

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


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more