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When can someone return to work after a cardiac catheterization?

When can someone return to work after a cardiac catheterization?

Depends: Depends on what was done (ie just pictures or how many stents), was it done for a heart attack or electively, how was it done (groin or wrist), were there any complications, what type of work do you do, etc. Having said that, for routine procedures, i usually let patients with sedentary jobs return to work in 24-48 h or for heavy labor 48-72 hours. ...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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Recovery from cardiac catheterization? My doctor is sending me for one and i need to know how much time to take off work to recover. Or can I go back the next day?

Recovery from cardiac catheterization? My doctor is sending me for one and i need to know how much time to take off work to recover. Or can I go back the next day?

48 hours: If no complication and just cardiac cath recovery is quick. I tell my pstients to go back to work in 48 hours. No lifting for a week or so when the cath access is the groin area. ...Read more

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How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

How does someone best recover after a cardiac catheterization?

Not a big problem: Unless there is a complication, your leg where the catheter was inserted might be sore for a few days. Otherwise, there should not be a problem. A bruise in the area frequently occurs, but should not cause a problem. ...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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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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What should a patient do if he or she bleeds after a cardiac catheterization?

What should a patient do if he or she bleeds after a cardiac catheterization?

Direct pressure & ER: Put lots of hard direct pressure over the bleeding point and go to the e r if outside the hospital asap. ...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 are the conditions that someone has to be in in order to have a cardiac catheterization?

Chest pain / SOB: Cardiac cath is performed for a variety of reasons, but most typically to investigate possibility of plugging of vessels that feed the heart. This is usually manifested by symptoms that suggest a mismatch between oxygen demand of the heart and oxygen supply via the vessels. Chest pain, shortness of breath, intolerance of exertion are the most common symptoms that buy you a ticket to the lab. ...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. Daniel Saurborn
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Cardiac (Definition)

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