What should I know before a cardiac catheterization?

Before undergoing cardiac catheterization, it is important to tell your doctor if you are allergic to x-ray contrast dye. Your doctor can give you medication to prevent an allergic reaction like a rash, difficulty breathing, or nausea and vomiting.

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Heart Disease Diagnosis

Heart Disease Diagnosis

To diagnose heart disease, your healthcare provider will conduct a physical and go over your personal and family medical history. To make an accurate diagnosis, he or she may also order blood work, a stress test, electrocardiogram ...

and computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess the heart’s structure and function.

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