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Cardiac Catheterization
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Cardiac Catheterization Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a cardiac catheterization, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding at the point of the catheter insertion
  • Damage to arteries
  • Heart attack or arrhythmia (abnormal heart beats)
  • Allergic reaction to x-ray dye
  • Blood clot formation
  • Infection

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Allergies to medicines or x-ray dye
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Age: 60 or older
  • Recent pneumonia
  • Recent heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Extreme sweating, nausea, or vomiting
  • Change in sensation to affected leg, including numbness, feeling cold, or change in color
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at point of catheter insertion
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • Extreme pain
  • Chest pain
  • Drooping facial muscles
  • Changes in vision or speech
  • Difficulty walking or using your limbs

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



Posted 8 years ago

after that procedure i have headache,in my left side, pain. my left arm,and pain in my very painful.somebody can tell is this is normal???

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Posted 8 years ago

is it normal to have pain in the shin and numbness in my greattoe and heal in the leg that cath. was inserted into? triggerpoints were found in the shin and radiates to the heal. If heal is tounched at the same time as the shin , it feels like a headon collision! Is that something that will go away or what do I do about it? I have had electrical stimulation and triggerpoint therapy done. It feels better at times but wakes me up at night sometimes. Heat makes it hurt worse when applied. Cold icepacks dont seem to help either. What else can I do to help with this and is the triggerpoint therapy going to help?

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