How long does a cardiac catheterization procedure last?

Depends. Depends on what is being done. For a simple left heart diagnostic cath, about 20 minutes. If it's a left and right heart diagnostic cath, about 40 minutes. If an angioplasty and stent are also placed, about 60-90 minutes. If there are technical problems, it can sometimes take longer.
Depends. The procedure itself, if just a diagnostic coronary angiogram, may be over within a half hour, but if there are interventions, or valvular or congenital abnormalities in question, other additional procedures may be part of the catheterization procedure adding perhaps another hour. The time in the lab itself is longer because of the prep time and post-test assessment and ensuring no complications.

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What is a cardiac catheterization procedure?

Heart imaging. The doctor inserts a long thin tube through an artery in your groin or wrist. They then inject contrast dye through that tube while x-raying to look at the heart and the vessels that feed the heart. They can also open the vessels with little balloons through the tube if needed. Read more...
Multiple Aspects. A catheterization can be both diagnostic (i.e. Determine information) and therapeutic (i.e. Treat disease). A catheter is like a long iv. Catheters are inserted into arteries and/or veins and threaded up into your heart. Some catheters measure pressure (unique to cath), other's inject dye for pictures, and yet others have balloons and stents to treat diseases. Read more...

How is a cardiac catheterization procedure concluded?

By closing entry. Cardiac catheterization is the procedure where a plastic tube is placed in an artery in the groin or wrist and under xray guidance dye is injected to visualize the coronary arteries and see if blockages are present. At the end of the procedure the catheter is removed from the entry point and pressure is held to stop bleeding, a closing device may place a plug or a stitch may be placed. Read more...
Catheterization . A site is numbed over the groin or radial artery. A catheter is introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart where measurements and pictures are recorded. When done catheter removed, wound closed and patient recovered. Read more...

Is it contraindicated to get more than one stent during a cardiac catheterization procedure?

No. Often, more than 1 stent is required if narrowing of the coronary arteries is discovered and in need of treatment. Read more...
No. No, we do it all the time. Although it is unusual, I have put in as many as 7 stents at one time. The average number of stents per patient is 1 .5. Read more...

When is an interventional cardiac catheterization procedure needed?

Different settings. There are different settings for this. The most appropriate is when a patient comes to the hospital with a heart attack in progress, under those circumstances, angioplasty (opening the occluded artery) saves lives. Cardiac catheterization is also indicated in patients with chest pain or shortness of breath with a positive stress test or high risk. Your doctor should decide. Read more...
Symptoms. When a patient has angina , valve disease clinical symptoms needing further evaluation .Prior to international treatment all patient should get diagnostic cardiac catheterization. This will decide what is the appropriate treatment for that patient .Risk of the procedure is low and benefits out weigh risks. Read more...