During cardiac catheterization, doctors insert a long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter, into the body. The catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in the hand or groin and is then guided to the heart under x-ray. The procedure allows doctors to study how well your heart pumps blood and to examine the coronary arteries (the vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle) and the heart valves.
Your doctor will insert a long thin flexible tube called a catheter into a blood vessel. An isotope is injected into your blood stream to take pictures of the vessels in your leg or kidneys. A stent, a mesh tube, may be inserted into any blocked arteries to improve blood flow.
- Diagnostic left heart catheterization, Coronary and left ventricular angiography.
- Complete right heart catheterization: right heart hemodynamics, cardiac output (thermodilution), SAO2, aortic and mitral valve calculations.
- Peripheral studies, including: renal angiograms, superficial femoral artery angiograms, with abdominal runoff.
- Tilt-table studies.
- Intra-aortic balloon insertion, if needed, and temporary pacing capability (transvenous pacing).
- Peripheral intervention to include: Renal Intervention, SFA & Iliac Intervention (PTA, Stent, Artherectomy)
- Femoral approach.
- Radial approach.
- Brachial approach.
- Six bed Telemtry Unit.
- All monitored with BP, EKG, and arterial blood pressure monitoring capabilities.
- All rooms have a television.
- Lunch will be provided, sandwiches and fruit for example, with juice, bottled water, milk and coffee.
- Rooms are large enough for ONE family member to stay with patient during recovery.
- Fort Myers – Monday thru Friday.
- Nothing by mouth after 12 midnight prior to the day of the procedure.
- Wear comfortable shoes and loose fitting clothes.
- Bring or wear socks.
- Leave all valuables at home, i.e. jewelry, cash, credit cards.
- A nurse will call you prior to the procedure to go over any medication adjustments.
- Bring all medications with you the day of the procedure.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
- Arrive at the Cardiac Cath Laboratory 1 hour prior to the procedure.
- The procedure can last 20 to 60 minutes.
- Your recovery time will be 5 hours.
- A responsible adult is required in the patients’s attendance for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
Will they require someone to bring you home? Yes.
How many people are allowed to be with them? One in Recovery Room.
- Appropriate lab tests and CXR (Chest X-Ray) will be required before procedure is performed.