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When Can Someone Return To Work After A Cardiac Catheterization
Not Long: People go home the same day or the day after, barring complications. We usually advise people to avoid heavy "squat" lifting for 2-3 days while the catheter entry sites heal over, but people are up and moving almost as soon as we get the "sheaths" (tubes that we put the wires through) pulled out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
After a heart attack and stent, how long before someone should be able to part in strenuous activity?
Depends: cardiac rehabilitation is used in those with coronary artery disease. Your question is dependent on a number of factors and there isn't a simple answer. People can have what's called silent ischemia depending on risk factors thus it is tough to tell withy certainty what is considered too strenuous for ones health. I would discuss this with your cardiologist. Define strenuous with them. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on a number of things. What sort of surgery did you have? How sick were you before your surgery? Did you have any complications from your surgery? What sort of rehab is required after your surgery? How quickly do you tend to heal after major surgery? The answer to these questions will determine how long you will be out after heart surgery (or any surgery, for that matter). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1-2 days : Typically after a cath people have some soreness in their groin (the typical cath site) for 2-3 days. We ask people not to do any heavy lifting for 7-10 days following (nothing over 10 pounds). Otherwise, people are usually able to resume regular activities (showering, desk work, grocery shopping, house cleaning, etc) within 1- 2 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you scheduled for a heart catheterization and you develop a bladder infection, does it need to heal before the heart catheterization procedure?
Ask the cardiologist: That question needs to be answered by the patient's cardiologist, not a doctor over the internet. ...Read more
As soon as possible: Anyone experiencing cardiac arrest needs emergency care as soon as possible - chest compressions should be started right away and emergency medical services should be called - in some public places there are aeds (automated defibrillators) which can be used - regardless, the brain will start to suffer long-term damage after 4 minutes without blood flow. CPR and shocks (if approp) is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardiac catheteriz: Cardiac catheterization is an important procedure but should not be done unless information from it is needed in decision making for the patient. There are risks. Right heart catheterization without angiography as is done to follow pulmonary hypertension is quite benign. When right/left heart cath and angiography are done the risks go up. ...Read more
Yes: After being released to return to work by their cardiologist. ...Read more
Could a pacemaker keep an individuals heart beating after a cardiac arrest. If the answer to the above question is yes, then how long would it continue to assist the heart in beating and would it help to prevent brain damage until medical help arrives.
May not be related: While possible, it's very rare that an ablation leaves a patient with any lasting symptoms afterwards. The microscopic area of heart tissue destroyed is generally far too small to be felt. In very rare cases, it's possible the procedure could initiate inflammation in the space lining the outside of the heart, which might cause pain on deep breathing or breathlessness. Again, this is very rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Normally as possible: Patients who have had stroke generally prefer to be treated as they were treated before their stroke as much as possible. Certain physical losses may prevent certain activities or participation but as much as the stroke victim can participate safely and without embarrassment they should. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
0 to 2 weeks: You can return to walking and low impact activity right away as long as you feel up to it. Listen to your body and don't exercise if you are feeling too sore or fatigued. You should not do high impact or abdominal exercises for at least 2 weeks if you had a laparoscopy (small incisions) and 6 weeks if you had a laparotomy (large incision). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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