- Your physician will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the test. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.
- Generally, no prior preparation, such as fasting or sedation, is required. In some cases, smoking cigarettes may be restricted two or three hours before testing.
- If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician.
- Notify your physician of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
- Notify the technologist or physician if you are allergic to or sensitive to medications, local anesthesia, contrast dyes, iodine, or latex.
- Notify your physician if you have a pacemaker.
- Based upon your medical condition, your physician may request other specific preparation.
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What happens before a resting and exercise radionuclide angiogram (RNA)?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredA resting and exercise radionuclide angiogram (RNA) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure that evaluates the heart's chambers in motion. Before the procedure:
What are the types of congenital heart defects?
There are numerous types of congenital heart defects ranging in severity from minor causing no symptoms such as a patent foramen ovale to serious life-threatening conditions requiring open heart surgery at birth. The types of serious heart defects requiring intervention are usually diagnosed at birth or within the first year of life. The more benign types might be found in adulthood.
Will my baby with a heart defect always need a feeding tube?
Sometimes infants who have congenital heart disease (heart defects that are present at birth) will need help with a feeding tube to get the calories they need to gain weight. In this case, your baby may need to have a nasogastric (NG) tube placed. An NG tube is a small flexible tube that is placed in your baby’s nose and passed down into the stomach. This allows for formula or breast milk to be given without your baby having to burn so many calories to take it by mouth.
In other cases, a gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) may be placed into the stomach directly. This is especially useful for patients who when feeding by mouth are at high risk for having formula or breast milk travel up the esophagus and back down the trachea into the lungs (aspiration). A G-tube also allows for formula and or breast milk to go directly into the stomach, thus reducing the risk of aspiration and decreasing the amount of energy needed to feed.
The need for NG-tube or G-tube feedings early in life does not mean that a baby will always have to be fed in this way. If successful heart surgery is performed, or if the symptoms of heart failure are more successfully managed, a baby may then be able to resume taking food by mouth again. It is not uncommon for babies who have to be fed with tubes in the hospital to quickly begin feeding by mouth once they are at home. Some babies will have to relearn the coordination necessary to suck and swallow. An intensive oral training program can be tailored for these children.
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