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Cardiac catheterization

Edited by Sara Thorne and Paul Clift

in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199228188
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199228188.003.0004

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Cardiac catheterization

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Introduction 42

Indications for catheterization 44

Precatheterization care 46

Calculations 48

The purpose of cardiac catheterization in this patient group is to gain information about complex anatomy and haemodynamics, especially with respect to PA pressure and vascular resistance. In order to gain complete angiographic and haemodynamic information, studies are best performed in specialist units. In recent years, catheterization has been increasingly combined with percutaneous interventional procedures, reducing the need for further cardiac surgery in some individuals. ...

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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