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Stop Alcohol Cardiac Catheterization
Long before: Alcohol is a toxin to the heart and more than two drinks a day has been associated with arrhythmias and heavy drinking can lead to weakening of the heart. Alcohol in moderation is good for the heart up to 2 glasses of red wine daily. Since, alcohol can interact with medications, one should not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to angiography. Chronic drinkers, are a risk for withdrawl. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Cardiac cath: One drink the nite before should be fine but not within 12 hours of the procedure however. ...Read more
Depends: This depends completely on your insurance, deductible, co-pays, co-insurance, and maximum out of pocket. This question is best directed to your insurance company. Also, your cardiologist will be required to attain an authorization from your insurance for any elective procedure, such as a cath. The hospital attains authorizations for emergent procedures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some risk...: The procedure involves threading a catheter through your artery, often from the groin area up to the heart and inside it. It is an invasive procedure and this infections, bleeding, cardiac arrythmia risks etc....Also, this process also uses some dye, thus can cause some kidneys trouble, or even an allergic reaction etc.... Fortunately, this is done commonly and risks are low... Good luck. ...Read more
Hollow plastic tube: A hollow plastic tube (catheter) is advanced through an artery to the heart. Contrast dye is injected through the tube and x-ray movies are taken as the contrast enters the heart. Measurements are taken through the tube of pressures and blood flow within the heart and lungs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied: Cardiac catheterization is the procedure where a plastic tube is placed through either an arm or groin artery up to the heart to visualize the coronary arteries. This determines if there are blockages that require medication, stents or surgery. It is preceded first by a stress test to determine is there is a problem with a lack of blood supply to the heart. This condition is called ischemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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