Heart Cath and Heart Angioplasty
This six-page illustrated handout helps people prepare for a heart cath, also called cardiac catheterization, cardiac cath, or coronary angiogram, which is a procedure that advances a small tube (catheter) from a vessel in the groin or arm up into the heart to show it and its blood vessels as it pumps. It also helps people prepare for a heart angioplasty, also called Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) or balloon angioplasty, where a catheter with a tiny balloon at its tip is inserted into a narrowed blood vessel in the heart to improve blood flow, and a stent may be placed to keep the blood vessel open. The document contains guidelines to help the patient prepare, and provides a step-by-step explanation of what will happen during the procedure. It discusses care the patient will receive in the hospital after the procedure as well as home care, and identifies those symptoms for which a doctor should be called immediately, clarifying those for which to call 911.
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