Angiogram procedure of the arm

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Avatar m tn Has anyone had an angiogram with the catheter inserted in arm or neck instead of the groin? I don't think I could take the groin without serious nerve spasms.
974371 tn?1424656729 Later I learn that it is a known symptom of angina. As per the angiogram, unless that you suffer a great, great phobia to the needles (as I did) you will not have any problem, you just feel some pressure when they enter your groin and nothing else .... If you have a sever phobia, with vasovagal shocks and faints when you see or think in a needle, my advise is to speak seriously in advance with the dr that is going to make it.
776302 tn?1241095453 I had a 2 hour procedure the other day and a LOT of contrast. As soon as the procedure was over, I was given 2 cups of water to gulp down, even though I felt nauseous. I was then supervised to drink 3 litres of water in 2 hours which certainly flushed me out. I was then given a healthy lunch and the nausea disappeared. Most people suffer dizziness and sickness because they don't drink lots of fluids to aid removal from the body.
1318351 tn?1313385021 A good book is good advice, but to add to it, make sure you empty your bladder before going in for the procedure. The contrast they inject in you to provide the images makes the kidneys work overtime. Also, the Angio suite is a cold place, it has to be cold for the equipment. I ask for lots of blankets so I'm as snug as a bug in a rug. With regards to spine problems, yes they can make pains seem to appear from anywhere in the body.
Avatar m tn 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:
976897 tn?1379171202 A common type of bypass graft, the internal mammary artery (IMA), actually comes off of the subclavian artery, which supplies blood to the arm. The most commonly used graft to the left anterior descending coronary artery is the left IMA. The most likely reason why your physician recommended against a radial artery catheterization in your case is that your bypass anatomy was not known.
Avatar m tn You will be given anti-anxiety meds before the procedure and will be largely out of it during the procedure. The difficult part is keeping your leg or arm still afterwards, they use arteries in either limb to gain access. An angiogram will either rule in or out a problem. If there is no problem, you will have a baseline to compare if you have problems down the road. If you have a problem now it will be identified.
Avatar m tn Soft plaque resides between the layers of the vessel To add what others have said. The CT score is a procedure that views the anatomy of the vessel and looking for any soft plaque that would be observed between layers of the vessel. Your score represents "Soft plaques seen in proximal LAD and D1 segment. LAD - (Prox/Middle/Distal)- Type -III LAD with normal course. Focal Eccentric non-calcified plaque seen with moderate luminal narrowing".
Avatar n tn I was told he went in through the groin, the heart looked good, but did find a blockage in his right arm, and was going to do a second proceedure the next day to fix the right arm. The doctor was going to start at the shoulder for the second proceedure. His wife had relayed this to me. She then called me back 15 minutes later to tell me he had a stroke. It turned out to be massive 1/4 of his brain, affecting his left side, speech and swallowing.
848718 tn?1257142401 And it turned out that his assistant scheduled me for the wrong procedure, and I essentially had a CT version of the MRA instead of the whole invasive kind of angiogram with catheters, etc. The neurosurgeon then said that on the CT (with contrast to make it a CTA), it appeared that what I had was an "infundibulum" on the "posterior communicating artery.
Avatar f tn WHAT does it all mean? My Cardiologist is a real Quack, I think. He 's suggesting I'm merely suffering from Heartburn! and won't listen to/answer my questions... just smiles and pretty much shuts me up and leaves. Due to being sick for over a year (nausea, breathlessness, chest pain, fatigue, congestion whenever lying down, etc) my new PC doctor did a treadmill stress test...
Avatar m tn epicardium can be assessed for abnormalities and it will also provide the calcium score (percentage of hard plaque in the arteries). The only limitation of this test compared to the conventional invasive angiogram, is that we cannot undertake any interventions such us angioplasty or stenting during our procedure as it is non-invasive.
Avatar n tn Your grandmother likely had a small stroke, judging from the immediate loss of her left arm/hand, the subsequent betterment of movement, and the diffusion weighted scan. This makes her carotid stenosis symptomatic. Although there is a risk of angiography, it is the test to do if one is hesitant to do the carotid surgery. Since she has had an event, the MRA suggests a significant stenosis as does the ultrasound then surgery might be warranted.
Avatar m tn I know what a 64 slice CT is but do you mean cardiac cath/angiogram for tomorrow? Not another CT?? The doctors must be at the point that the only way to check out your coronaries is to do a cath in order to eliminate or find an answer for your pain.. That will give a definitive answer as to the state of those large heart vessels.You have to decide, based on your doctor's recommendation, whether or not to have the heart cath/angiogram, if that is what you are referring to. Joan.
Avatar f tn I had an angiogram 5 days ago, the first two days I couldn't move my leg too much, the 3rd day I was much better, 4th and 5th day (today) I have quite a bit of pain in the groin area, all around the site of the angiogram, quite a bit of bruising which I was expecting, but I don't know if this is normal or if I should go see a Dr.? The pain is not there all the time only with movement, ie. walking or standing even, if I just lay down it is not painful.
Avatar m tn They could see one of the grafts, but not the other two. If there is no blood in a vessel during an angiogram, the vessel is invisible which can be a drawback and requiring a different test. I was then booked for a CT angio which did show the two other grafts, but empty of blood. All I know is that I was laid back on a bench, sitting up at about a 30 degree angle. I had two largish, what looked like some kind of cylinders next to my shoulder and a tube from these into my arm.
Avatar f tn Calcium score was 3 - small degree of mild sof plaquing along with specks of calcium in LAD - proximal to the takeoff of the first diagonal brnach. Sof plaue is nonocclusive. Rest of LAD is small but free of significant disease. All other vessels/arteries free of soft plaque and calcium. Cardio doesn't feel angiogram is warranted at this time. Patient on Toprol 50mg 1 x day, asprin 81 mg 1 x day, Lipitor 10 mg 1xday. ER cardio suggested that this blockage may have happened years ago.
211940 tn?1267884866 The pain went away but came back 9 months later and now there is no shoulder pain, it's the pain in my arm between the shoulder and the elbow on the outside of the arm. I too also have a sore or tender spot when touched. Sometimes when I wake up and the pain is so bad I can't even lift my arm, I get out of bed and I hear my shoulder pop. Almost like it went back in it's socket. But that has only happened twice.
Avatar f tn That does not hurt I promise, you dont even feel the scratch because of the meds they give you to relax you. They then tell you they are about to inject the a die into you, they do this for about twenty seconds and you feel a flutter in your heart. It does not hurt and it passes quickly, it feels weird, kind of like when you turn the tv on and their is static and you run your hand over it, that is the sensation that you feel in your chest.
Avatar n tn If your physician is worried about a possible coarcation, a CT angiogram can be done. You could consider an angiogram of the major vessels taking off from the aorta as well, although if you are asymptomatic I am not sure I would recommend an invasive procedure. Please discuss the findings with your cardiologist and/or vascular surgeon.
Avatar n tn I had an angiogram 1 week ago. My arm was used for the insetion. After the procedure my arm has bruised from my armpit to my wrist. Swelling has receded, arm is sore but just wondered if that much swelling and bruising below the site of the entry is normal.
Avatar f tn the first graft performed was a saphenous vein graft to the PDA I could not find the right coronary artery distal to it, it was 100% totally occluded. I grafted the PDA. In between the area of the PDA on the obtuse marginal and distal obtuse marginal, there was an area of infarction the saphenous vein graft to the PDA was anastomoses using running 7-0 Prolene technique.
Avatar n tn Most of the time I felt that I could touch the source of the pain if my ribs were not in the way. -occasional shooting pains down the arm and numbness/fatigue in the left arm -felt that stretching helped the pain or holding my arm to my chest -no issues breathing and big breaths did not have any effect on the pain -sometime pain is constant for hours and sometime just a few stabbing pains, regardless of if I am stressed or relaxed.
Avatar n tn I wanted this for my last angioplasty but the cardiologist felt more comfortable with the groin, especially as he had to transport a number of tools to the affected area of the heart. They had trouble keeping my groin from bleeding even though an angioseal was used and I had to lay on my back all through the night.
Avatar m tn This may be due to blockages in the arteries to the heart and limit the amount of blood supply. Patients with this problem will frequently complain of chest pains and shortness breath - much like you. In order to determine if the arteries are blocked, your cardiologist will perform an angiogram. He will place a small catheter into the arteries and inject dye into the coronary arteries. Using an xray machine he will be able to determine whether there are blockages present.
Avatar n tn 00PM and one hour later I had the spasm. It's strange that I haven't had the pain in a month and the one day I screw with the medication it returns. This leads me to believe it is a coronary artery spasm or esophageal spasm. Have you, or anyone else out there, experienced fast chest pain like this as a result of arrythmias or otherwise? This morning I had a strange irregular rhythm for about 10seconds.
730414 tn?1403956473 I know that everyone is born with a PFO because in the womb we need all the blood and circulation we can get but for some people the whole does not close up in the first year of life like it is suppose to. most of us, it goes unnoticed until later in life. I have always had the migraines and my face would always get beat red whenever i exerted myself physically and that was about all I noticed as a kid.
5851092 tn?1404137064 You know, when my bypass shut down they couldn't find one of the veins during a normal angiogram but the CTA discovered it. I had the dye injected through my arm as the procedure took place and felt hot from this. Is this not what you had?
Avatar n tn sometimes I feel I've run a marathon with the smallest of task. the doctors before my PFO closure asked if I was depressed..... well, my life has stopped as I knew, I wish they could understand, YES... I am depressed. It is depressing to loose your abilty to connect your thoughts, to loose your ability to connect with others and to loose your ability to connect with your normal life. I have a hard time making it through the day.
Avatar n tn The doctors will be performing an angiogram to look to see if you have blockages in your coronary arteries (the arteries which supply blood to the heart) which are the cause of your slightly low ejection fraction and wall motion abnormality (which means that part of your heart isn't beating a vigorously as your would like). It is a simple procedure in which the doctors will pass catheters either from the arm or leg into the heart.