Congestive heart failure - left
Follow your health care provider's advice for treatment of conditions that may cause congestive heart failure. Follow dietary guidelines and minimize or eliminate smoking and alcohol consumption.
Alternative Names Angiography - right heart Normal Values See Swan-Ganz catheterization. What abnormal results mean Abnormal connections between the right and left side of the heart Abnormalities of the right atrium, such as atrial myxoma (rarely) Abnormalities of the valve on the right side of the heart Abnormal pressures or volumes Weakened pumping function of the right ventricle (this could be due to many causes)
Definition Left heart ventricular angiography is a procedure to look at the left side of the heart and, sometimes, the coronary arteries. Alternative Names Angiography - left heart; Left ventriculography How the test is performed Before the test, you will be given medicine to help you relax. You will be awake and able to follow instructions during the test. An intravenous line is placed in your arm. The health care provider cleans and numbs an area on your arm or groin. A cardiologist makes a small cut in the area, and inserts a thin flexible tube (catheter) into an artery. Using x-rays as a guide, the doctor carefully moves the thin tube (catheter) into your heart. When the tube is in place, dye is injected through it. The dye flows through the blood vessels, making them easier to see. X-rays are taken as the dye moves through the blood vessels. These x-ray pictures create a "movie" of the left ventricle as it contracts rhythmically. The procedure may last from 1 to several hours. How to prep...
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