Notices

Heart cath

Old 10-01-2020, 07:14 PM
  #1  
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 167
Received 117 Likes on 51 Posts
Default Heart cath

Anyone had this procedure? Why did you have it and what can the doctors find and fix?
I have been having mild chest pain and shortness of breath. Already had a stress test and echocardiogram. Being treated for high blood pressure also.
Old 10-01-2020, 07:30 PM
  #2  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New Smyrna Beach
Posts: 8,641
Received 322 Likes on 223 Posts
Default

My friend had a heart cath done today. He had been having chest pains and some shortness of breath and was admitted to hospital last night. They went in through the groin although I believe sometimes they do the arm. The were able to determine he had two tiny arteries that were slightly restricted. Because they were so small they decided not to put stints in. They increased his existing medication dosage and put him on another med as well. Dr said he should be able to resume normal activity in 3 days.
Old 10-01-2020, 07:35 PM
  #3  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Tampa Bay
Posts: 1,157
Likes: 0
Received 950 Likes on 378 Posts
Default

Haven't had Cath, but you may want to explore a nuclear stress test. PM me if you like.
Old 10-01-2020, 07:44 PM
  #4  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location:
Posts: 401
Likes: 0
Received 7 Likes on 5 Posts
Default

Had one in April. Had been having some issues with angina. Everything was fine. No stints needed.....
Had a heart cath in Sept of 2009 also. Had been fatigued, sob on stairs etc.. Doc said no stints for you! 2 days later had 2 grafts on the LAD. No real issues since then.
The cath in April of this year actually showed that one of the grafts was closing up as it was not needed.
As for the original, my cardiologist went straight to cath vs stress test because a stress test will tell you you have a problem, the cath will tell you exactly what it is and where it is. If there is an issue they can deal with, an interventional cardiologist will deal with it then. I. e. Stints or balloon ....
The cath is the gold standard!
Supposedly groin less painful (0 pain)than the arm....
Old 10-01-2020, 07:49 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Loxahatchee, Florida
Posts: 341
Likes: 0
Received 190 Likes on 115 Posts
Default

Had the procedure done several times..I had a 100% blockage and had 1 stent installed. Not too scary...worst part is recovery room, you need to take time for the incision in the femoral artery to close back up.
Old 10-01-2020, 07:49 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 843
Received 899 Likes on 432 Posts
Default

Go for a doctor that goes in through the wrist. Going through the groin is much more painful and takes longer to heal.
Old 10-01-2020, 08:07 PM
  #7  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: st augustine fl
Posts: 8,156
Likes: 0
Received 966 Likes on 518 Posts
Default

A nuke stress test gives the doc a picture of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, when they get blocked, that's a heart attack....a heart cath is direct access to most of those arteries, they shoot dye in them to check blood flow, they can also insert stents, small pipes, in the blockage to restore flow....nuke test is outpatient, relatively simple, noninvasive, a cath is inpatient, invasive and not generally singularly diagnostic in nature.....what's your age, risk factors, family history?
Old 10-01-2020, 08:23 PM
  #8  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mechanicsville VA
Posts: 8,328
Received 911 Likes on 492 Posts
Default

Had one in June. Been completely healthy with no real symptoms of anything significant (Except below). Had a physically stressful 2-3 days and had a cardiac event while in the drivers seat of a racecar. Finished the race and collapsed on the ground after exiting the car. Shortness of breathe/taken to hospital. Tests looked OK but my heart rate was random as hell. Heart Cath the next day showed everything was clean. Went in through the wrist, not a big deal really. Turns out I stressed myself badly AND was heavily dehydrated. Blood pressure only slightly high.

As a side note, I was terribly sick Jan-Feb of this year any many think I had Covid back then. I've had mild breathing issues/chest pain ever since that sickness.

ALSO: During the procedure I could feel the probe going up my arm. Didn't actually hurt but damn it felt weird!!!!!!

Last edited by t500hps; 10-02-2020 at 05:55 AM.
Old 10-01-2020, 08:24 PM
  #9  
Admirals Club
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 167
Received 117 Likes on 51 Posts
Default

Had the nuclear stress test it was normal. Family history of heart disease I’m sixty years old.
Old 10-01-2020, 08:33 PM
  #10  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location:
Posts: 401
Likes: 0
Received 7 Likes on 5 Posts
Default

Had my first cath and then bypass 2 days later at age 54.
Second cath was in April at age 65(+9days) went in through the groin both times. No pain. Do have to stay immobile for a while afterwards due to groin site being femoral artery. 🤷🏼‍♂️
Old 10-01-2020, 08:45 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location:
Posts: 4,493
Received 1,865 Likes on 984 Posts
Default

I had it done and I came back good, they went in through my thigh. I called an Uber to take me back to my hotel. The asshole showed up with some GD high rise pick up and I'm worried about splitting a hole in my thigh getting in

(previous post: Damn, I didn't know it was a femoral artery I was messing with)
Old 10-01-2020, 09:56 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: richmond va usa
Posts: 874
Received 85 Likes on 67 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
As a side note, I was terribly sick Jan-Feb of this year any many think I had Covid back then. I've had mild breathing issues/chest pain ever since that sickness.
Same deal here jan feb had corona virus mers. Took till August for breathing to get back to normal , had stress test , worr monitor for 2 weeks because of high heartbeat but they figure it was from bad breathing
Old 10-01-2020, 10:08 PM
  #13  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 239
Received 78 Likes on 42 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Jeff Spicoli View Post
Had the nuclear stress test it was normal. Family history of heart disease I’m sixty years old.
if your nuclear stress test was normal why the need for a cath?
Old 10-02-2020, 07:05 AM
  #14  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Poquoson, VA - Manteo, NC
Posts: 825
Received 114 Likes on 74 Posts
Default

Its been a while for me, keep in mind my wife is a OR Heart nurse. Had chest pain labor day weekend 2015. Took aspirin and it went away. Did that all weekend, never told the wife about it, more on that in a bit......

Finally on the Wednesday night following Labor Day weekend, laying in bed watching TV it happened. Cheat pain started again, this time it went down my left arm...yep, here we go. Flew out of the bed and two aspirin right a way. Wife asked what was going on so I had to tell her. Pains went away, so no ambulance, although she wanted to call immediately. We just drove to the ER. I was in the cardiac unit over night. My troponin levels did not indicate a MI. But in the morning they started to rise. So off to the stress test and ultra sound. Cardiologist could see it immediately on the ultra sound a small portion of my heart was not moving, he didn't even want me to get on the tread mill, although I went any way. It only lasted a minute before the pain started again.

Off to then Cardiac Lab for a the heart cath. I was on a table in front of a huge ass tv, tv was bigger then me and I'm 6'1". They did sedate me, but not to the point of being asleep. I watch the entire procedure on the TV. Cath went up my femoral artery, he shot the dye. You could see very clearly the restriction. He inserted a stent, opened it up and immediately, and wala....blood was flowing. Pretty dam cool procedure. I was in the cardiac unit for a couple more days. All is good so far. I did have a nuclear stress test done a year or so later as a precaution, that showed everything was clear.

Turns out I had a 95% blockage of the left descending artery (ie. the Windowmaker). I was lucky, but man did I get read the riot act by the boss for not letting her know what was going on, holly cow was that painful.

I will tell you, I have aspirin stashed everywhere, home obviously, work, my truck, my boat and when I go offshore. I have a bottle in my bag.

To OP, go get it done, no sweat.
Old 10-02-2020, 07:11 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 395
Received 150 Likes on 88 Posts
Default

I had it about 10 years ago when they still went up through the groin. The worst part of the process (other than worrying leading up until the moment of the procedure of course) was we had to lie flat on our backs back then for 4 hours. Absolutely miserable. But the procedure was a cakewalk, except they kept the room at 40 degrees below zero. I was given the "valium anesthesia" so I was supposedly awake except the only part I remember was the Cardio asking me; "why are you here? You have the arteries of an 18 year old", lol. Long story short, my PCP at the time had a guy very similar to me in a lot of aspects to include the high cholesterol, die on his watch and he was determined it wasn't going to happen twice. Even though I passed the regular & nuke stress tests, he still put Nitroglycerin in my pocket and ordered me to the shop. Not mad at him for being over cautious but scared my wife and kids half to death.
Old 10-02-2020, 07:15 AM
  #16  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Shore, MA
Posts: 2,515
Received 2,730 Likes on 1,154 Posts
Default

I put it off a few times UNTIL I had a heart attack! Mine took 45 minutes with them putting a stent in. They went through my wrist. It really was a breeze and I regret putting it off! If I had done it earlier I probably wouldn't have had a heart attack that almost killed me. The only complication is that they prepped me in case they couldn't go through my wrist and had to go through my groin. The nurses shaved my pubes into the shape of a heart for some reason and my wife got pissed! LOL

Good luck. It sounds way scarier than it is and it's the only way they really can check you for a blockage. I had an ultrasound stress test 4 months before my heart attack and they had told me I was fine. Don't put it off.
Old 10-02-2020, 07:18 AM
  #17  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tampa Florida
Posts: 6,526
Received 3,094 Likes on 1,773 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Jeff Spicoli View Post
Anyone had this procedure? Why did you have it and what can the doctors find and fix?
I have been having mild chest pain and shortness of breath. Already had a stress test and echocardiogram. Being treated for high blood pressure also.
super easy! they are looking for blockage in the coronary arteries! blockage in the arteries will symptoms you are having!

IF a heart attack is in your future, its coming whether you want it or not, so attack it before it attacks you!
Old 10-02-2020, 07:32 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: N.E. Tennessee
Posts: 469
Received 475 Likes on 203 Posts
Default

Stress test showed a shadow region on my heart. My cardiologist gave an angiogram as an option and we went that route. 100% clear.
Had to take it easy for a few days and carry a card that detailed the patch that they used to stop the femoral bleeding.
Great peace of mind.
Old 10-02-2020, 07:50 AM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,561
Received 344 Likes on 270 Posts
Default

My doctor started hooking up patients on a EKG machine and putting them on a treadmill during routine physicals. Level one, and level two I was okay, but my EKG was very abnormal at high walking speeds.

Sent me to a cardiologist and I was put thru a heart cath. They found a small partial blockage on the back side of my heart, but not bad enough for surgery or a stent. That was 19 years ago.

I was at the cardiologist last week, and he just pushed me to continue to fight my Type II diabetes aggressively to protect my heart. I'm on an insulin pump and taking medicine for high cholesterol. My EKG looked great, and my blood pressure's normal.

Worse thing about getting any heart testing done is getting an I.V. They juice you up where you don't care what they're doing usually.
Old 10-02-2020, 08:04 AM
  #20  
Senior Member Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Lighthouse Point, Fl.
Posts: 2,495
Received 734 Likes on 355 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Snookheaven View Post
if your nuclear stress test was normal why the need for a cath?
According to Cardiologist I saw, " with a normal nuc stress there is still a small chance of one clogged." I took a pass on the cath; and that was 11 years ago. Only reason for all the dam testing they put me through back then was continued abnormal annual ekg. No symptoms then and none now at ripe old 70.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.