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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?

Not a big problem: Unless there is a complication, your leg where the catheter was inserted might be sore for a few days. Otherwise, there should not be a problem. A bruise in the area frequently occurs, but should not cause a problem. ...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?

Depends: Depends on what was done (ie just pictures or how many stents), was it done for a heart attack or electively, how was it done (groin or wrist), were there any complications, what type of work do you do, etc. Having said that, for routine procedures, i usually let patients with sedentary jobs return to work in 24-48 h or for heavy labor 48-72 hours. ...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?

Look at heart artery: A cardiac catheterization is usually an outpatient procedure wher a small hollow tube is placed under local anesthesia into the artery of the arm or leg and advanced to the heart. Iodinated contrast can be injected into the arteries and into the chambers of the heart to help diagnose and treat heart artery blockage and valve problems. ...Read more

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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?

1 in 500 chance : There is a 1 in 500 chance of a serious complication, including heart attack, stroke, and death. ...Read more

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Catheterization (Definition)

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


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Cardiac (Definition)

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