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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

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I need to know what's an echo heart scan and can you tell me the procedure?

Echo: A technician puts gel on your skin and moves the transducer over the skin thru the gel to obtain ultrasound images of the heart. The patient lies quietly on the table. The test is not uncomfortable. ...Read more

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I had an ablation done 2 months on my heart & for the past 2 weeks I feel the way I did before my procedure is this normal?

I had an ablation done 2 months on my heart & for the past 2 weeks I feel the way I did before my procedure is this normal?

See your EP: While ablations are often curative there can be recurrence (incomplete ablation) or other arrythmias present not previously appreciated. Talk to your electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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What medication do you recommend for a broken heart? Not physically. Mentally. One girl is crushing me, and it hurts. Is there a procedure?

What medication do you recommend for a broken heart? Not physically. Mentally. One girl is crushing me, and it hurts. Is there a procedure?

Broken heart: As my mother used to say, there are many fish in the sea. Rejection always hurts but getting out and finding a new source of love interest is probably the best way of getting over the last one. Try and learn from each relationship so you grow and profit from the experiences. If you're lucky you won't have repeated traumas, sometimes it takes a while to make a meaningful longterm connection. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has to have shock treatment for his heart. How safe is this procedure? They want to make his upper heart in sync with the lower.

My boyfriend has to have shock treatment for his heart. How safe is this procedure? They want to make his upper heart in sync with the lower.

Pretty safe: Pretty safe and usually well-indicated, meaning the benefits largely outweigh the risks. Patients usually get sedation so they are not too uncomfortable while their heart gets shocked. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after getting a pacemaker? At the end of this week, I am planning to have the procedure to place a pacemaker inside of me to keep my heart in check. What is the expected recovery time? Are there any special consideration me or my

What is the recovery time after getting a pacemaker? At the end of this week, I am planning to have the procedure to place a pacemaker inside of me to keep my heart in check. What is the expected recovery time? Are there any special consideration me or my

Usually short: Most patients have the procedure as an outpatient or with a single overnight stay. There is often a restriction on arm movement and weight bearing for the arm on the side the device is placed which may be up to 6 weeks. You should check with the physician performing the procedure. ...Read more

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What is the surgical procedure to fix a heart flutter?

What is the surgical procedure to fix a heart flutter?

Ablation: Ablation is a technique performed in in electrophysiology laboratory where the electrical behavior of the heart is mechanically altered. Although this is an invasive procedure, it is not technically surgery. Early in the history of ablation, surgical ablation was performed. Now that the percutaneous techniques have been refined, surgery is rarely performed for atrial flutter.. ...Read more

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How successful is heart bypass procedure for a stricken heart patient?

How successful is heart bypass procedure for a stricken heart patient?

Depends: If the bypass is done before there is a lot of damage and if there are no complications, the patient should do well. Pain should improve and the patient should be able to recover. ...Read more

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My dad is 80, and doesn't want to get a heart cath to detr if he has clogged arteries. What could the repercussions be of not doing the procedure?

Discuss w doctor: That is certainly his right. Many patients with CAD can be managed effectively w conservative strategies. Lack of even a confirmatory diagnostic heart cath might lead to a path of medication choices based on presumption rather than a confirmed diagnosis. This exposes him to potential side effects as well. Regardless, current data suggests that these procedures can be done safely in the elderly. ...Read more

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Right heart catheterization test procedure?

Right heart catheterization test procedure?

Pressure measurement: Right heart catheterization is usually carried out to measure oxygen levels, intracardiac pressures, and cardiac output, as well as cardiac tissue biopsies. The right side of the heart is reached through the venous system (from the leg (femoral) or the neck (jugular) vein). A catheter (plastic tube) is used to carry out the above tasks and a bioptome is used to do the biopsy. ...Read more