Angiogram through wrist

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I think that going through the femoral artery is the easiest and safest method, since the catheter will ascend directly through the Aorta, curve with it before entering the coronary branches. The arm track is more difficult, and the carotid is more risky. As far as I know, they are second option when the femoral artery is not accessible due to any injury.
You may not have to lay still for hours, they may use the more modern approach and go through the radial artery, through the wrist. This lowers risks even further. Of course, we mustn't overlook the fact that your nuclear scan backs up your stress test.
Today is the MRIs day for emergancies so its still not certain if the Angiogram will go ahead at least I had a little food yesterday when it became appaent that it was a no go . Finnaly they come and take me to the Cathetrer lab. I opted for getting the catheter in my wrist rather than by groin as I knew that the recovery was quicker. They were happy to do it I dozed through most of it and when they were finished the surgeon said that I'd need a triple bypass.
One of my friends, a physician's assistant with coronary artery problems which have required several catheterizations in the past, just told me about his last angiogram in which they ran the catheter through the WRIST, via the radial artery. He said it was a piece of cake compared to his previous experiences. Here is more info about this procedure: http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2011/09/treating_heart_disease_through.
I'm a 28 year old female, and I was just told I have suspected coronary artery disease. After a myriad of tests, angiogram (through the wrist) is my only option. I want to know about females here who have had angiograms and how they were. I'm actually petrified, and I'm supposed to go in two weeks. I know the risks are relatively low, but they stand out so much in my mind that I need to have some positive feedback here to help alleviate some of my fears... Thanks in advance!
At the very end of the exam and discussion the cardio told us that my husband had the option of having a traditional cath which goes from the femoral artery in the groin up to the heart or a newer version starting in the arterial artery in the wrist. He suggested that this method involves less time to stop bleeding than the groin puncture which requires 4 - 6 hours lying flat.
Also my cardiologist says he is going to do the stents through my wrist ,I had the angiogram through the groin .I was hoping they would put the stents in that way as well.
The cardiologist was on a computer and another was working through my wrist,and monitering everything on a screen.They no sooner started to raise my heart level,when the one at the wrist told the cardiologist that my heart was starting to stress,he was told to carry on.He then told the cardiologist for a second time,then a third time,by now i was getting severe chest pain.
I don't mind the procedure, but I really don't need any heavy rad doses if there are alternatives. The only (last) angiogram was done through the wrist, not the thigh, and the doctor stated all looked clean. Thanks for any help or responses about the rad doses...
Pain is in wrist and hand veins and you can trace pain along them where it runs into my neck and feels like somebody is pressing a finger onto my neck behind my ear.I get dizzy and feel very poorly at same time. Does this sound cardiac in nature? Most of the time my heart feels what i can only describe as unstable...when i go upstairs i feel a sensation in my gut which increases my heartrate and give me this pain.
I had a echo stress test a few months ago and I was so nervous that my heart rate was 120 before I ever stepped onto the treadmill. The tech was sort of annoyed with me and kept telling me to calm down because she couldn't get a true "resting" echo image. Obviously, she didn't have much experience with anxious people because telling me I needed to "calm down" only made me more anxious.
Around month 6, I quite talking to my family and close friends about my heart, nobody understood the aweful feeling and fear or what I was going through... The only ones that understood what I was going through with my PVC's were my friends here...those fighting the same unseen "benign" demons... but demons non the less. I lived in constant fear, mixed with a kind of unsettled anger and dismay. I lost hope, faith, and felt sorry for myself at times.
Hey Ed, looks like I'll be going through a possible brachial artery angiogram, they say if they can't go through the femoral, they go through the arm now. I'm new to this and scared to death. Good Luck to you with yours and keep your fingers crossed for me.
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I have mild narrowing at the top of my conduit, mild pulmonary artery stenosis. I have severely increased velocity through the conduit with exercise. I have mild aortic stenosis. (My mechanical valve is 20 years old). I have trivial aortic regurgitation. I also have diastolic dysfunction and right volume overload. The last echo indicated increased mitral valve velocity, and possibly trace regurgitation.
I have had most of them through the groin, but one through my wrist. I have no ill effects to talk about. It's easy. You make your appointment for early morning and without intervention you are home that afternoon. With intervention and no problems the next day. The biggest inconvenience is not being able to sit up for a period. I always ask for a foley catheter because I can't go otherwise. If you have a blockage, I would certainly have the procedure.
I feel like my breathing is abit raspy, I am a smoker, but I have cut down recently, and I am going to pack them in totally. I also get the same feeling in my right arm and wrist. What is wrong with me. I am the only carer of my beautiful 8yr old son. I dont want the doctor to get it so wrong and things to become too late to do anything about.
My heart rate stays the same before and after the thudding, but during the thudding i cannot get a pulse in my wrist for that second or two. I know this because i felt my pulse for 10 minutes or so until it happened. Felt like it skipped a beat? I get health insurance in one month and am planning to see a doctor. I would have gone by now if i had insurance. I guess i just want piece of mind its been bothering me for over a year.
It is worst in my upper arm region and left breast, sometimes radiating to my shoulder, underarm and wrist. I was told by health services at school that it may have been related to computer use, but the amount of use doesn't seem to affect it - I am currently experiencing the ache more persistently and painfully than before, and my computer use has decreased somewhat. I have never had pain in the center of my chest, but I have occasionally experienced fluctuations in my heartrate.
A month ago the veins on my left arm became very visible from the wrist to the elbow. The vein on the my left side, just below my shoulder, is also visible, it goes down to the heart area. I asked the doctor and he said its thin skin because of ageing. I'm a bit stumped. Why only on the left arm and chest area, and why all of a sudden. It seemed to appear after a blood test. My gut says its not thin skin or aging. Does anyone else know about or have this symptom?
Last procedure I had 2 days ago was endoscopy- everything was normal so the non-cardiac symptoms were eliminated. In a week or two I will have another angiogram- through my wrist which is much less invasive and the recovery time is faster. Will keep you posted if you are interested.
I have pain mainly down the middle of my sternum that goes straight through to the back. Sometimes radiates across my upper chest. Also have some pain and burning in my neck. It hurts mainly durning the day and it takes me awhile to get comfortable and go to sleep. It does not wake me up at night. How long can this last and is there anything I can do to make myself more comfortable where the pain is concerned? The doc gave me Celebrex to see if it helps. Thanks!
And I'm getting a lot of burning pain in my left wrist where the vein is. The other strange occurrence is I feel like I'm not getting enough oxygen. It’s hard to explain because I don't have trouble breathing but I feel a shortness of breathe. I've gone to my pharmacy and had my blood pressure tested and it always reads well below the safe levels. Can blood pressure be too low? I’ve been almost incapacitated for the last few days and can’t seem to kick the problem.
I have had 3 spinal surgeries, four knee surgeries, two hip grafts (for the spinal surgeries) and a recent wrist surgery. I have taken seemingly all meds for pain management (and many psych meds for the nerve damage I suffered in and around my spine) and have had the biggest problem with any med which contains hydrocodone. I have taken Norco for approx 10 years off/on and recently had to admit aloud that I can't use Norco ever again-after taking 6 pills of Norco 10/325 3-4 times daily.
Just for interest, a thallium test looks at tissue for oxygen absorption, and can actually reveal lots of details which an angiogram cannot. An angiogram is useless for seeing very small vessels, and you can't see collaterals at all unless they are unusually large. A thallium test can see if blood is getting to the tissue in adequate quantities, really saying if there is a good enough blood flow.
He sent me to a third cardiologist who wanted to see an angiogram. The angiogram showed a blockage of the LAD and first branch resulting in bypass surgery. I never had any chest discomfort or symptom other than the transint SOB while running. I never had any symptom on the bike in spite of vigorous riding that would get my pulserate over 180. Reason was that I had developed collateral circulation that was fairly effectively bypassing the blockage.
Hi, I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, diagnosed by accident really. For over a year now I have been having a lot of trouble with my right leg, but only when I walk. It aches, it doesn't pain, but I have to stop and rest when it aches. I went to my doctor and he sent me for an xray, which said that everything was fine and he said I'd just have to put up with it or go swimming or something.
Hi i am 30 i have smoked since i was 9 yrs old about 20 a day now used to have 40 a day when i worked in the building trade for 6 yrs,i have had a problem with my chest before back around 21 yrs old i developed pleuracy and ever since my lungs feel susceptible to cold weather,but apart from that i have been having this piercing pain in the left side around by my heart it is like a needle is piercing my heart which comes and goes from time to time sometimes i have it multiple times a day,sometim
I am a 26 year old female. I had a CVA/stroke 12-12-10 in my right hemisphere. At that time my symptoms were -completely dead left arm/hand. - cramping in my hand to the point where the tips of my fingers were touching my wrist.- loss of balance & the ability to walk bec my left leg was numb.- blurred vision. - confusion & loss of speech. After about 3 to 4 hours my numbness and cramping went away and was left with just a weak limb. Physically, my body recovered great.
I'm curious about your condition. I've had a lesion in the left brain since 2000. Faint to sub-cm to 1.2cm. My rt hand goes mild to severe numb off/on. Sometimes scribbled writing or can't hold pen or anything. Foot goes cold/numb. Fingers sometimes feel like they have lots of cuts on pads when not as numb. Drop alot of things. Many Dr's have said possible autoimmune but doubt lupus or MS. Head gets confused on windy/rainy days. Finally got a GP to order a C-spine. Now have appt next wk.
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