Coronary heart disease (CHD) starts with atherosclerosis, a process in which fatty substances build up inside the walls of blood vessels. Blood components also stick on the surface inside vessel walls making the vessels narrower and eventually "hardened" and less flexible. The buildup, or "plaque," may also break apart, which can further limit blood flow. The buildup and narrowing proceed gradually and result in decreasing blood flow, followed by CHD symptoms.
Christine Bussey, MD
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Fairfax, VA 22031
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How does coronary heart disease (CHD) progress?
What are the risks of cardiac catheterization?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredA cardiac catheterization is a procedure done in the hospital that allows a cardiologist to check out the blood flow within your heart from inside the body. It involves inserting a catheter into the heart through an artery in the leg, arm, or neck.
Although the procedure is invasive, risks are rare. They include damage to blood vessels, bleeding, infection, pain at the site where the catheter is inserted, and an allergic reaction to the dye that is sometimes used in the catheter. Still, the possibility of detecting, evaluating, or even treating a heart defect through catheterization far outweighs the risks.
What are the risks associated with valve disease treatment?
As with all surgeries, there are inherent risks. You can reduce your risks by choosing a surgeon and surgery center with well-documented experience treating patients with similar conditions as yours. Because every patient’s risk factors are different, your doctor and your hospital personnel will be able to assess your risks and choose the best treatment.
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