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Old 05-07-2006, 06:08 PM   #1
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right and left heart cath

Hi All,
If you have to have both right and left can they do those at the same time - or is it two seperate procedures? Also they're going to check the pulmonary artery at the same time...
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:57 AM   #2
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Re: right and left heart cath

Hi Kathy,

Yes, they are performed at the same time.

My report states: "Right heart catherization was performed via percutaneous puncture of the right femoral vein...

Retrograde left heart catherization was performed via percutneous arterial femoral puncture... Centeral aortic pressures were recorded, and the catheter was then advanced across aortic valve into the left ventricle where pressures were recorded..."

Unforunately the invasive cath procedure is the only test that can evaluate cardiac pressures.

 
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:08 AM   #3
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Re: right and left heart cath

Thanks very much! I'm still having SOB after "bascially normal" echo, nuclear stress test, pulomnary CT with high res, and asthma and anxiety meds......so they are going to do the heart cath....have family history of clogging....was hoping to avoid this test, but it's probably the one I really need...can't make the bed without panting for air....
Thanks very much,
Best wishes,
Kathy

 
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