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Is it safe to have a cardiac catheterization?

Is it safe to have a cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac Caths are safe procedures. The average risk of complications from a coronary catheterization is well under 1%. That means that less than one person in every one hundred will have any trouble with a catheterization. Most complications are caused by damage to the arteries where the catheters are inserted.

What kind of blood work is done before a Cath?

Before any planned cath, doctors check a full panel of blood work to make sure the kidneys are healthy enough to get rid of the contrast dye. This blood work also checks that the patient is well in other ways, such as not fighting an infection and with blood that clots properly.

When was the catheterization of the heart invented?

The technology in cardiac caths was invented in the 1940s, and caths have been done routinely since the 1980s. Cardiac caths are done by a sub-specialist known as an invasive cardiologist, and performed in a special operating room-like facility called a catheterization laboratory.

How is contrast dye used in cardiac catheterization?

Contrast dye is the liquid used to “see” the arteries. Contrast dye is injected into the body during the cath and then filtered out of the body by the kidneys. Before any planned cath, doctors check a full panel of blood work to make sure the kidneys are healthy enough to get rid of the contrast dye.

Cardiac Caths are safe procedures. The average risk of complications from a coronary catheterization is well under 1%. That means that less than one person in every one hundred will have any trouble with a catheterization. Most complications are caused by damage to the arteries where the catheters are inserted.

Where does a cardiologist insert a catheter into a heart?

Interventional cardiologists like Sampognaro insert a small tube called a catheter into a blood vessel in the patient’s groin or wrist, and guide it to the coronary arteries. There they obtain diagnostic images and remove blockages.

Before any planned cath, doctors check a full panel of blood work to make sure the kidneys are healthy enough to get rid of the contrast dye. This blood work also checks that the patient is well in other ways, such as not fighting an infection and with blood that clots properly.

What is the rate of cardiac catheterization in the US?

For every 1,000 beneficiaries in the region served by Monroe’s hospitals , 59 went through cardiac catheterization lab procedures in 2012. That was double the national average and far higher than in cities that are home to major medical centers. In San Francisco, for example, the rate was 13 per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.