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What are preparations before and after cardiac catheterization?

What are preparations before and after cardiac catheterization?

Multiple: Typically, a patient having catheterization in the morning will be instructed not to eat anything after midnight. Many medications can be given as prescribed. Some medications, such as anticoagulants and diabetic medications, may be different before catheterization. Following catheterization, some restrictions on activity will occur for a short period of time. ...Read more

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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 blood thinners are taken and which are stopped before CABG surgery?

What blood thinners are taken and which are stopped before CABG surgery?

U love this question: im guessing by blood thinners you are including anti-platelet medications. Aspirin is taken. Other anti platelets like Plavix (clopidogrel) are very commonly stopped. Heparin is sometimes used before surgery. ...Read more

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What precautions are taken before and after exercise during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

What precautions are taken before and after exercise during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Constant monitoring: It depends on what stage of rehab one is in, but at the beginning (stage 1) an individual is exercising under constant supervision with telemetry and frequent vital signs. As one progresses, the exercise intensity increases and frequency of vitals decrwase. ...Read more

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What preparations are required before having a colospy?

What preparations are required before having a colospy?

You need: to discuss this with your endoscopist but generally the day before is a bowel prep that includes clear liquids all day and some type of purgative that is at the discretion of your endoscopist. You also usually have to stop any meds that may interfere with your ability to clot in case of polyps or need for biopsy; again that is preference of your endoscopist ...Read more

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If I have frequent unsustained SVT's and Frequent PAC's uncured by medication. And i don't want the cardiac ablation. What are the consequences of not having this invasive procedure?

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If I have frequent unsustained SVT's and Frequent  PAC's uncured by medication. And i don't want the cardiac ablation. What are the consequences  of not having this invasive procedure?

Cardiac failure: Catheter ablation does have some serious risks, but they are rare. But the risks may not be worth it for people who have few symptoms. Most PACs/SVT run a benign course however if you have frequent PACs/SVTs then the risk of continuing without ablation include developing AF and SVT. Fast uncontrolled SVTs could result in fainting spells, cardiac failure and sudden death. Speak with a Cardiologist ...Read more

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What precautions should be taken before and after as well as at the time of injecting zolindronic acid (5mg) to a stented patient under cardiac meds?

What precautions should be taken before and after as well as at the time of injecting zolindronic acid (5mg) to a stented patient under cardiac meds?

Check with your md: I don't believe that any special pretreatment or precautions are needed for the infusion, but it's always best to check with the attending physician and the prescribing physician before the procedure. In addition,your pharmacist who knows all of the patient's medication, is a valuable source of advice about medication interactions. ...Read more

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What are the nutritional needs for general surgery patients before and after?

What are the nutritional needs for general surgery patients before and after?

Protein,vit&minerals: Surgery is a significant stress on the body and recovering from surgery requires the body to have adequate protein, vitamins, minerals and essential oils. It is best to have good body stores prior to surgery.After surgery particular nutrients may speed recovery.I advise a well-rounded high-quality multivit./mineral supplement with additional vit. C (2000 mg 2x/day) & zinc (30-50mg/day) see comment:. ...Read more

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After lumpectomy, what other treatments and medications are normally recommended? What should I do?

After lumpectomy, what other treatments and medications are normally recommended? What should I do?

It depends on Stage: Depending on the stage of your breast cancer, you may be given or advised to take either chemotherapy or hormonal treatments. Of course all patients with lumpectomy are given radiotherapy to the affected breast. ...Read more

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Any reason why are heparin and aspirin given together after a myocardial infarction?

Any reason why are heparin and aspirin given together after a myocardial infarction?

Double coverage: Heparin is used to block new blood clot formation. Aspirin is used to block platelet aggregation, which can lead to sudden artery blockage and another myocardial infarction. Aspirin is continued long- term. ...Read more

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What are the options for someone with a spontaneous internal carotid artery dissection that did not heal after 6 months and is taking aspirin daily?

What are the options for someone with a spontaneous internal carotid artery dissection that did not heal after 6 months and is taking aspirin daily?

Carotid dissection: This is serious and options depends on the location. At any rate dissections can be very dangerous and may result in stroke or bleeding. Please see a vascular surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more

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What tests are used prior to knee replacement surgery? What kinds of diagnostic and pre-operative tests are done prior to knee replacement? .

What tests are used prior to knee replacement surgery? What kinds of diagnostic and pre-operative tests are done prior to knee replacement?

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The : The first elements in diagnosis are a history and physical examination. Severe arthritis typically presents with pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function of the affected joint. An xray is taken to evaluate the level of arthritis. No other testing is needed. A knee replacement is done for pain relief, and should be done only after a full discussion of the risks and benefits of surgery. In general, it's worth trying medication, exercise, and activity modification first. Also, a short course of physical therapy is often very helpful in restoring function. ...Read more

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If someone is withdrawing from opiates with a heart rate of 44 after undergoing a Cath operation, what are the consequences of not taking a opiate ?

If someone is withdrawing from opiates with a heart rate of 44 after undergoing a Cath operation, what are the consequences of not taking a opiate ?

Opiate= little death: Unfortunately, the stage was set for opiate withdrawal BEFORE the cath operation. (This is the danger of taking opiates when you don't need it!) As uncomfortable as it is, withdrawal will not kill the pt. Not taking opiate will improve heart rate, oxygen delivery, thinking. TAKING an opiate during withdrawal, while it may alleviate some pain, comes with a host of problems that COULD kill the pt.GL ...Read more

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What are the foods to be avoided after open heart surgery?

What are the foods to be avoided after open heart surgery?

Valve or vessel?: Prudent diet good idea for all. Avoid high fat, sugary, high salt, processed meats, processed grains. Eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole train bread, cereal, pasta, low fat or no fat dairy, poultry, fish. Dash diet (online): dietary approach to stop hypertension is tasty, nutritious, easy, has data supporting its use. There are others as well. Talk to dietician. ...Read more

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A cardiac cath done tomorrow and very scared is this done everyday and what are the risks?

A cardiac cath done tomorrow and very scared is this done everyday and what are the risks?

Cardiac cath: A cardiac cath is a very common test and if done by an experienced cardiologist has very low risk. The risks are mainly bruising in the skin entry site, vessel damage, and rhythm disturbance. There are rarer risks also. The huge majority of people having the test however have no ill effects at all. ...Read more

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Are nuclear medicine procedures painful? What will i experience during and after the procedure?

Are nuclear medicine procedures painful? What will i experience during and after the procedure?

Not usually: The pain usually is short lived from an intravenous injection of the radiotracer. Some people experience pain from hida studies for gall bladder function and chest discomfort from cardiac stress tests. Patient is monitored by medical personnel.. The patient is usually imaged in the lying down position. Imaging time is variable and can last few hours, but is intermittent and not continuous. ...Read more

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What are the causes of heart palpitations after having surgery with general anesthesia.?

What are the causes of heart palpitations after having surgery with general anesthesia.?

You should see: A doctor, because it can be a cardiac rhythm problem. Some of these are benign and transient, but others are dangerous. Only cardiac monitor or ekg will tell the difference. ...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


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Cardiac (Definition)

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