My daughter-in-law is 26 and 5 months pregnant. They just discovered that her heart is on the right side of her body. The only complaint she has is of feeling exhausted. How will this affect her and the baby? Will she have a normal life expectancy? Your daughter-in-law now has a new and unique ability armed with this knowledge. She can drive young doctors and nurses to distraction as they search the wrong side of her chest for a heart beat. Dextrocardia (right sided heart) is uncommon, but not really that rare. It comes in several different variations: a heart that is twisted toward the right and not totally "right sided", a heart that is totally right sided alone, or is associated with reversed abdominal organs (we call this "situs inversus": in such a case the stomach is on the right instead of the left while the liver is on the left instead of the right). If abdominal organs are reversed, appendix and gall bladder are too, so the patient can be expected to ...
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...
Left heart catheterization is the passage of a thin flexible tube (catheter) into the left side of the heart to diagnose or treat certain heart problems.
Catheterization - left heart
How the test is performed
You may be given a mild sedative before the procedure starts. The health care provider will place an IV into your arm so that you can receive medication during the procedure.
You will lie on a padded table. Your doctor will make a small surgical cut on your body, usually near the groin. Then your doctor will insert a flexible tube (catheter) through the cut into an artery. Sometimes the catheter will be placed in your arm or wrist. You will be awake during the procedure.
The doctor will use live x-ray pictures to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries. Dye will be injected into your body to highlight blood flow through the arteries. This helps the doctors see any blockages in the blood vess...
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