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#1 JJ-Knitter

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 06:07 AM

Hi all,

I've got this coming up. What should I expect from it? Other people's experiences with it would be helpful.

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:27 AM

Hi JJ,

I just had a right heart cath done on the 18th. It went as well as could be expected. no problems, except for them trying to keep me from laughing and making jokes after the procedure, and lying flat on my back for 4 hours afterward was the hardest part for me. It is a fairly quick procedure, less than an hour if all goes well. Just let me warn ya', well in my case, they didn't exactly clean me up that great, and when they finally let me up to use the restroom after lying there for 4 hours..........well lets just say I had a shocking moment at what I saw when I went to flush!! I thought I was bleeding out or something, but it was just from when they put the tube into my groin, and it dribbled into an unexpected area! I just about had a heart attack on the spot!

I wish the best for you in this, and a fast recovery! Do what the doctor's tell yo to do, and you'll do great!
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Warm and Happy to you! Vee

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 03:27 PM

Hi JJ,
I had this done about 3 months ago and like Vee said, it was a pretty simple test except for the laying flat for 4 hours after. I had to lift weights during the test and that was hard! Also they did both sides of my heart. I would suggest that you ask about doing both at once. They found I have something wrong with my heart by the dr doing both sides. As for the surprising moment Vee had, I can't say I had that. I was very lucky I had a great nurse and she washed me up very well after and told me everything that happened to me during, and after. The dr I had used what is called an Angio-Seal to close me up and I had to carry a card for 3 months saying I had one. If you have any other questions feel free to ask or msg me. Good luck with yours. Let us know how it goes.

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#4 sadie20

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 05:16 PM

Hi JJ,
I had 2 caths done(r and L)..one in October which was a groin site, lay flat for 3 hours, angio seal-no problems except it revealed beginning pulm hypertension and mild R heart failure. Since my echo had been normal, I did much research on the net and decided to have a second opinion by a cardiologist who specializes in pulm hypertension. There is a Pulm Hypertension Association website which lists very few Dr. as specialists. Anyway, this one was performed via the neck and I was able to leave 30 minutes after the procedure. BTW - perfectly normal cath so no need for Tracleer. Neither procedure was too bad at all. Good luck!!