Peem Lorvidhaya, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursRhode Island Cardiology Center
East Providence, RI 02914
- BC/BS of Rhode Island
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Rhode Island Hospital
- The Miriam Hospital
What causes pulmonary artery stenosis?
SCAI answeredPulmonary stenosis is the second most common form of congenital heart disease. In pulmonary stenosis, the pulmonary valve is abnormal and does not open to allow blood to flow freely to the lungs. The pulmonary valve is important because it is the gateway between the lower right heart chamber (the right ventricle) and the major artery to the lungs (the pulmonary artery). Pulmonary stenosis, therefore, causes increased pressure on the right side of the heart, and can lead to symptoms and heart failure over time.
Will I be awake during cardiac catheterization?
Yes. You will be given a mild sedative to help relax you, but it is always better if you are able to tell your physician if you are having any discomfort or shortness of breath during the procedure as it is performed. Your doctor will also use a local anesthetic to numb the site where the catheters are inserted, usually in your groin or in your arm. The procedure itself usually takes about 15-30 minutes for diagnostic test but may take substantially longer if a procedure requiring stenting or ballooning is performed.
How can I get the most from my doctor visits for my heart condition?
Maintaining heart and blood vessel health is an ongoing process that requires regular checkups with your doctor so that he can monitor your treatment. This is especially important if you have conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. You'll get the most from your doctor visits by becoming an active participant in your own care by:
- keeping a record of your diagnosis and symptoms; jot down important medical information and symptoms
- knowing your medications, and being aware of any side effects
- talking to your doctor about diet and exercise
- participating and asking questions during your appointments
- being honest, and telling your doctor if you're having difficulty following the prescribed treatment plan; he or she will work with you to create a program you can stick with
- calling your doctor if you develop troubling symptoms or experience medication side effects
Prepare a list of questions regarding your condition and treatment. You're less likely to forget important points when you put them in writing. Be sure to include topics such as your symptoms, medications, side effects, diet, exercise, treatment monitoring and follow-up care. If you need support, arrange for a friend or family member to go with you to the appointment. Feel free to speak frankly with your doctor, and bring up any concerns you have about your care. Take notes, and ask the doctor to slow down or repeat anything that you don't understand.
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