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What symptoms can be expected after a cardiac catheterization?

What symptoms can be expected after a cardiac catheterization?

None: When catheterization goes well, there should not be any symptoms. Some patients get a soreness at the access site which should go away within hourse to days. Other bruising that shows up 24-48 hours after the procedure. ...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 can be done to improve heart function after a mi resulting in a ventricular aneurism?

What can be done to improve heart function after a mi resulting in a ventricular aneurism?

Stabilize: Do all the good choices no smoking good diet careful exercize monitor bp, cholesterol etf echo followup, of the ventricular aneurysm, some need surgery. ...Read more

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What can be expected after an ambulatory phlebectomy?

What can be expected after an ambulatory phlebectomy?

Minimum discomfort.: Ambulatory phlebotomy is a procedure whereby varicose veins are removed. The patient is awake and the areas to be treated are anesthetized with a local anesthetic (tumescent) followed by removing the veins through 2mm punctures. Usually no sutures are used and the procedure is well tolerated. Post procedure you should be able to get back to most routine activities within 3 to 5 days. ...Read more

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What can be expected from a thoracotomy?

Depends: Depends on technique. These may provide some information: http://goo.Gl/0qt0jb http://goo.Gl/lqwwnf http://goo.Gl/itz15b. ...Read more

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Getting a stress echo done next week. Can thallium (cardiolite) cause a heart attack or is it the actual activity that can cause ha during testing?

Getting a stress echo done next week. Can thallium (cardiolite) cause a heart attack or is it the actual activity that can cause ha during testing?

Stress testing: The circulation of the heart is evaluated by stress testing. Walking on a treadmill or injection of medicine has the effect of stressing the heart muscle. Sometimes additional information is obtained by simultaneously imaging the heart using ultrasound or injecting a nuclear isotope and scanning the heart with a special nuclear camera. The tests are safe and provide very useful information. ...Read more

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What can be expected from an arteriogram?

What can be expected from an arteriogram?

Broad question: In general, this is an outpatient procedure. You will arrive NPO, and will typically be sedated. A local anesthetic is injected to numb the entry site. A sheath is placed in the vessel and a catheter (hollow tube) is advanced while watching on fluoroscopy to the body part being studied. An iodine based contrast agent is injected through the catheter either by hand or a power injector while ...Read more

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How soon after a cva, which was a result of carotid stenosis, can a CEA be completed?

How soon after a cva, which was a result of carotid stenosis, can a CEA be completed?

Comments: Most surgeons would wait a minimum of 6-8 weeks. During this time, however, you need to take a protective medication such as Aggrenox or clopidigrel. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have some groin discomfort 8 days after a heart cath? Also what are the odds of developing a clot after a heart cath if never had one

Is it normal to have some groin discomfort 8 days after a heart cath? Also what are the odds of developing a clot after a heart cath if never had one

Groin pain: You may have a small knot in the groin causing pain if there is swelling or moderate discoloration or pain in the lower leg see your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an arrhythmia to be missed even after doing multiple tests?

Is it possible for an arrhythmia to be missed even after doing multiple tests?

Arrhythmia: Arrhthmias can show up infrequently and be missed on multiple tests. When a high level of suspicion exists of a dangerous rhythm disturbance we sometimes implant a device under the skin that can monitor the heart for very long period to minimize the chance of missing an arrhythmia. This is invasive however and only done when absolutely indicated. ...Read more

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What are normal results after a cardiac catheterization?

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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I have congestive heart failure with an ejection fraction of 20% and 8 weeks pregnant is it a possibility that i can go through this pregnancy and be ok?

I have congestive heart failure with an ejection fraction of 20% and 8 weeks pregnant is it a possibility that i can go through this pregnancy and be ok?

CHF pregnancy: Pregnancy very risky. If heart failure has been stable there is a chance of success but since it's not safe for baby for mom to take the proper meds the heart can get worse. ...Read more

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What problems can be detected with a heart cath?

Several things: This is an important diagnostic tool that cardiologist use. They can look for narrowing of arteries in the heart, find holes inside the heart, check pressures in the heart, evaluate how well the heart is pumping, evaluate the function of heart valves and biopsies. It is an invasive procedure and requires placing small catheters and wires inside an artery like the femoral or radial arteries. ...Read more

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When can I expect the results for cardiac catheterization to be available?

When can I expect the results for cardiac catheterization to be available?

Usually right away: In general, your cardiologist will speak to you (and perhaps your family members) right after your angiogram. But of course, everything is individualised to the patient and the situation so speak to your cardiologist beforehand to ask when you can expect to discuss what is seen during the procedure with her/him. ...Read more

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What results can be expected from a successful cardioversion?

What results can be expected from a successful cardioversion?

Rhythm: For cardioversion from atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm success would be restoration of normal conduction. Patient may notice decreased palpitations, less fatigue, less dizziness, less shortness of breath and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What life expectancey if you have a heart attack 3 months after a 4 x CABG and then another the next week. Can this be terminal?

What life expectancey  if you have a heart attack 3 months after a 4 x CABG and then another the next week. Can this be terminal?

Hard to say: But obviously there is a high risk for more heart damage, not to mention the worsening quality of life. Consider a strict plant based diet (I.e. The book "prevent and reverse heart disease") as at this stage the patient is typically on max medical therapy. ...Read more

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What problems can be detected through a cardiac catheterization?

Many: Cardiac catheterization is excellent at detecting blocked heart arteries, leaking or narrowed heart valves, damage to the muscle of the heart, and abnormalities of the lining of the heart (pericardium). ...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


Dr. Sheila Smith
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Cardiac (Definition)

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