Dad is at the hospital waiting to have a Cardiac Catheterization test performed.
He’s felt fatigued over the past few months and went to his doctor, who referred him to a cardiologist.
He had an EKG, and echo-cardiogram done, and the cath is the next test to get a good picture on what’s happening.
Cardiac Catheterization information:
First, go here: https://www.harvardpilgrim.org/portal/page?_pageid=213,243588&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Then, click on Health Topics A-Z on the right side.
Then, click on “C” and scroll down to “Cardiac Catheterization [Medical Test]“
It has the following sections:
- Test Overview
- Why It Is Done
- How To Prepare
- How It Is Done
- How It Feels
- What Affects the Test
- What To Think About
It even includes a picture of what the lab looks like. Hard part is that you have to lie still on a hard table for about an hour. Good news is that you are slightly sedated and may not even remember it.
There’s more info on stents and valve replacement surgery there too.
Carolyn also found good information on WebMD – http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/cardiac-catheterization