Peripheral Evaluation of Pulmonary Hypertension (Right Heart Cath)

This procedure is performed as a right heart cardiac catheterization in order to detect abnormal blood pressure in the lungs or heart. It takes place under sedation and local anesthesia so that the patient remains able to respond to instructions. Patients may experience some uncomfortable pressure during the process.The catheter is inserted through a small incision in a vein, usually in the groin. X-ray images help the surgeon to guide the tube into the right atria (upper chamber) of the patient’s heart. The patient is monitored throughout the procedure using an electrocardiogram. For extremely ill patients, the catheter may have to remain in place for several days.

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