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What is the purpose of a cardiac catheterization?

What is the purpose of a cardiac catheterization?

Diagnosis: To diagnose disease process and plan treatment pre op for surgery CABG sx valve sx pfo closure cardiomyopathy treatment- ie. Alcohol ablation precedure treatment. ...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 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 is cardiac catheterization done?

Why is cardiac catheterization done?

Variety of reasons: Cardiac catheterization is performed to assist in the diagnosis of a wide variety of heart problems. Measurements are made of pressure, blood flow, and oxygen saturation in the heart. X-ray dye is injected and pictures taken of the arteries and chambers of the heart. Based on the information obtained, a treatment plan is developed. ...Read more

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Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Yes: The usual risk of the procedure is 1 to 2 in 1000 of a serious complication , including death. ...Read more

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What is cardiac catheterization?

What is cardiac catheterization?

Tubes & X-Ray Info: A tube in inserted via a peripheral artery &/or vein, passed through the vessel to the heart arteries & into &/or through the heart chambers to measure pressure, blood flow &/or "see blood" via dye injected into the blood flowing through artery(s) &/or vein(s) near/around heart. Dye in the blood makes blood column show on X-Ray for a few seconds to see outline of artery &/or heart chamber opening. ...Read more

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What are complications of cardiac catheterization?

What are complications of cardiac catheterization?

Multiple: Principal complications are stroke, myocardial infarction, death, bleeding, and infection. The risks of stroke, mi, death, and infection are one in 1000. The risk of bleeding at the puncture site is approximately 1 in 100. If an angioplasty or stent is performed, the risks are higher. ...Read more

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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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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a cardiac catheterization?

Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing  a cardiac catheterization?

Yes: You will have an IV placed to give light sedation. You will then have the artery in your thigh accessed and a catheter placed in the vessel. Local anesthesia numbs the skin. The cardiologist can then use fluoroscopy -xray- to guide the catheter up to the heart. Contrast dye is then injected and xray pictures taken. Stents can also be placed similarly. ...Read more

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What procedure is involved in cardiac catheterization?

An angiogram: Where contrast is injected into coronary arteries for visualization under fluoroscopy. ...Read more

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Catheterization (Definition)

Catheterization is also known as Interventional catheterization. This means placing a catheter (hollow tube) into the body. Different catheters are used for different body parts ...Read more


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Cardiac (Definition)

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