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What if the heart is poked during the procedure pericardiocentesis?

What if the heart is poked during the procedure pericardiocentesis?

See below: During pericardiocentesis the exploring needle is connected to an electrode which helps monitor the position of the needle. If the heart muscle is touched it can be immediately repositioned. ...Read more

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Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski
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Pericardiocentesis (Definition)

Pericardiocentesis refers to placing a needle into the sac surrounding the heart (pericardium) and withdrawing fluid which can be for diagnosis or treatment. This is often done using ultrasound to ...Read more


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Had a gastroscopy done and was put to sleep. During the procedure my heart rate spiked to 220. Dr was concerned. I'm only 18. What could this be?

Had a gastroscopy done and was put to sleep. During the procedure my heart rate spiked to 220. Dr was concerned. I'm only 18. What could this be?

Heart rate: Likely you had a paroxysmal tachycardia. It should be worked up to see if there's a structural or physiologic problem that needs attention. Don't ignore the episode, see your Doc or a cardiologist about it. ...Read more

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How to determine my max heart rate during exercise? I am a 52yr old male ex af patient 2.5yrs ago, following successful catheter ablation procedure.

How to determine my max heart rate during exercise? I am a 52yr old male ex af patient 2.5yrs ago, following successful catheter ablation procedure.

168: Maximum heart rate depends on age using the formula 220-age=maximum heart rate. In your case 100% of maximum predicted heart rate is 168. I recommend 85% of this number which is about 143 bpm. It should not go above 168. ...Read more

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What can you tell us about a heart cath procedure?

What can you tell us about a heart cath procedure?

Invasive diagnostic : A heart catheterization is done from a groin or arm artery by passing a very small hollow plastic tube to the heart. Pressures in the heart can be measured through the catheter and liquid dye can be injected to make an angiogram to show how strong the heart squeezes and whether or not there are any blockages in the coronary arteries. It is an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Could you please give me a detailed description for heart catherization procedure.?

Could you please give me a detailed description for heart catherization procedure.?

Catheterization : A site is numbed over the groin or radial artery. A catheter is introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart where measurements and pictures are recorded. When done catheter removed, wound closed and patient recovered. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my 3 month old son to recover from the ross open heart procedure?

How long will it take for my 3 month old son to recover from the ross open heart procedure?

Wow: Please stay close with your pediatric cardiologist and follow his instructions -- it may take 6 months to a year depending on the infant health in general. ...Read more

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My grandma is getting heart stents and I am scared for her. What are the risks with this procedure?

Ask her doctor: As with any invasive procedure there is the potential for many complications. Fortunately, these complications are usually very rare. Some of them are dependent on the patient as well as the circumstances. Her doctor is going to be the best reference for your grandmother's special case. ...Read more

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How do I go about getting a second opinion for a heart procedure?

How do I go about getting a second opinion for a heart procedure?

Heart procedure: Ask your dr. For a referral to a person for 2nd opinon or find the second opinion dr. Yourself. ...Read more

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Is it true that a heart catheterization procedure is dangerous?

There is some risk: The risk of diagnostic catheterization for the average patient is 0.1% or one complication in 1000 procedures. If the illness you are looking for is dangerous enough, this level a risk is acceptable to determine whether a serious underlying illness is present. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is heart catheterization procedure dangerous?

Hoping you can tell me, is heart catheterization procedure dangerous?

Catheterization : A site is numbed over the groin or radial artery. A catheter is introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart where measurements and pictures are recorded. When done catheter removed, wound closed and patient recovered. The risk is quite low for most people on the level of 1 death/1000 patients even lower in some labs. ...Read more