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When Should Someone Stop Consuming Alcohol Before Cardiac Catheterization
Long before: Alcohol is a toxin to the heart and more than two drinks a day has been associated with arrhythmias and heavy drinking can lead to weakening of the heart. Alcohol in moderation is good for the heart up to 2 glasses of red wine daily. Since, alcohol can interact with medications, one should not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to angiography. Chronic drinkers, are a risk for withdrawl. ...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
Cardiac cath: One drink the nite before should be fine but not within 12 hours of the procedure however. ...Read more
Multiple: Typically, a patient having catheterization in the morning will be instructed not to eat anything after midnight. Many medications can be given as prescribed. Some medications, such as anticoagulants and diabetic medications, may be different before catheterization. Following catheterization, some restrictions on activity will occur for a short period of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not consent: If you don't want a cardiac catheterization, you simply don't consent to it being scheduled. However, this may be a very bad idea; if you have indications for a cardiac cath, you probably need that level of diagnostic imaging. Speak with your cardiologist and make sure you understand the risks of not doing the test. Be careful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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