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What are the risks involved in a cardiac catheterization procedure?

Cardiac catheterization is considered a safe procedure, however, there are some potential complications that you need to consider.

Generally, any type of surgery or procedure that involves the heart, carries some risks and require extra caution. This particular procedure is considered relatively safe. The chance of you developing any problems during or after your procedure is low. It has been found that people that also suffer from other conditions such as diabetes or kidney problems are at a higher risk. Common complications that may occur include: 

  • Bleeding, infection, blood clots, and pain at the catheter insertion site
  • Nausea, itching or hives caused by the contrast dye used
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Allergic reaction to the dye or various medications used during the procedure

Less common complications:

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Kidney damage caused by the dye blood clots that can trigger a stroke or a heart attack

These risks vary greatly from one individual to another. Your doctor will be able to help you understand how safe is this procedure for you, based on your situation. 

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/