Will I be awake during cardiac catheterization?

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Theodore A. Monitz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.

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