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#1 summer

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:15 PM

Could someone please tell me what is involved in having a Right Heart Catheter, and are you under general anaesthesia or sedation?
Many thanks
Celia

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:52 PM

Celia,
I am sure someone else can elaborate on the catheter...I had mine two years ago and it is vague. I was only sedated for my procedure. Are you going to have to have one? Are you OK?
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 11:22 PM

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for replying to my post, my rheumatologist suspects that I have PH as I have had increased sob for a while now. I am due to see a Cardiologist in a couple of weeks time, so I will know a bit more then.
Best wishes
Celia

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:13 AM

Hi Celia,
This one test I have not actually had to do! Sorry I can't offer help. Please let us know how your appointment goes and if you need the test.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 02:42 AM

I had one done a few years ago and it was really simple procedure, they went through my neck which is alot easier and better for you then the other way. Yes they give you something to knock you out. Good luck, Sam
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:21 AM

Celia,
I've never had a right heart catheter, but I have had a heart ablation. The "procedure" is similar in that they both get to the heart in the same manner. It's an out patient procedure. I was given an IV pain killer so I didn't feel it at all. I was awake the whole time and watched the procedure on a screen. For me, they went through the groin, but sometimes they go through the neck, like with Sam. Afterward I had to lay flat and still for several hours so the groin cuts could clot. I know others have done this procedure without having to remain still afterwards.

This is a procedure that is done all the time and is relatively safe. You'll do just fine. Please let us know how it goes and the results.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 03:56 PM

Hi ced,

I had this done last January. I was only Sedated, but very well sedated!
They went in thru my right groin and it was over before I knew it. The long part is after, you have to lay still on your back for..........hmmmm..........I think it was 4 hours. I cna't seem to remember that anymore. They thought I had PAH also, but when they got in there, my pressures were normal.

Good Luck to you, and let us know what you find out.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:35 PM

Thanks everyone for replying I will let you all know on any updates.
Celia :)

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 05:28 AM

Hi Celia,

I had a right heart cath last year to rule out pulmonary hypertension. I did mine without sedation because I had read that if you have mild PH the sedation may affect the numbers. It wasn't bad without sedation so I'm sure it's ok with sedation. They went through my groin so they could exercise me to see if I had exercise induced PH. My numbers were good so that was ruled out. I had this done right after I was diagnosed with the MCTD. Shortness of breath was one of my first symptoms. My DLCO dropped in a 9 month period, but since I've been on the methotrexate and plaquenil it is better now and so is my SOB.

Have you had an echo yet? If so what was your RVSP? I don't know if I can say this, but there is an excellent site called PHA, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. You can get a lot of information on PH from that site and the people there. Let us know what the cardiologist says. If you are going to have a RHC make sure they exercise you so they don't miss exercise-induced PH.

Take care,

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 06:54 AM

I've had this procedure twice at UCSD Med Center. Both times, the catheter went in at the groin. A local anesthetic was used (probably lidocaine) at the point of entry.

Not a big deal - the worst part is probably the injection of the anesthetic, which stings a little.

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