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  • Right Sided Cath

    Hoping to get some info on Right Sided Caths, since I'm scheduled for one on the 23rd.

    I have felt lousy for the last year. Since my myectomy, (which went great ). I never had the results that so many others experience. I have posted in the past that after my surgery, I continued to be symptomatic. Short story, after tests at Tufts and BWH, I was found to have severe microvascular disease and global scarring to my heart. Since then Dr.Maron has discussed the likelihood of a transplant down the road.
    Well things have gotten worse over the last year and I've been SOB for two months and spent a week in hospital, and out of work for a month. Dr. Maron and my local pulmonologist want to rule out Pulmonary Hypertension and that is why I'm scheduled for a right sided cath and another MRI.
    What should I expect during the right sided cath. I believe they will access through my neck? I've had two left sided caths through my femoral artery. Really a piece of cake.
    I am also having another MRI, WHICH I AM DREADING.
    I had an MRI last year and did not know I was claustrophobic until they put me in the tiny, little tube. I have Valium prescribed this time!!!!!
    Hope to understand why I'm am getting more and more fatigued.

    Dx with HCM November 2009
    Myectomy and Mitral Valve Repair @Tuft's March 2010

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    Re: Right Sided Cath

    Michael - Hoping testing comes out well for you.
    I did some work for Siemens recently and they are one the top 2 (GE, the other) MRI manufacturers. They've have a new machine that cuts time SIGNIFICANTLY. I don't have the exact ratio, but I think its a 1/8 to 1/14 of the time. Also, you travel though a thin ring so you see daylight at all times.
    Hoping your center has this machine!
    Diagnosed @ 48
    Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
    Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
    AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
    After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
    Quietly going insane . . .


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      Re: Right Sided Cath

      Michael, I just had a right heart cath on Thurs and they used my r. Femoral vein. They did an angio at the same time thru the femoral artery. I have had them through my neck also. Mine went well and they do sedate you pretty well. My pulmonary pressures before transplant were not too bad and Mayo stressed that in HCM pts our pressures can be normal and yet our hearts are crummy. I am glad you are at a COE.

      Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
      ICD&Pacemaker 1996
      Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
      Mom of Kaye.


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        Re: Right Sided Cath

        Hi Micheal,
        Your situation sounds familiar to mine, I'm going in wed. to Tufts for my 8th rt heart cath (or 9th, I've lost count over the last 2 1/2 yrs) they give you some good relaxing drugs (I tell them to make my 'cocktail' strong).All of mine have been done through the neck and it's a piece of cake compared to that infernal,noisey MRI machine.As you now know from being on this site no two HCM cases are alike but if you'd like you can PM me to compare some notes.Good luck and just try to relaxe as much as you can in the 'tube'.

        had HCM since birth
        'enlarged heart' identified in 96'
        HOCM dx in 7/08
        Myectomy 8/09
        extended Myectomy 5/10
        'End stage' HCM dx 8/10
        CRT-D implanted 9/10
        evaluated for Transplant 11/10
        Listed for transplant 6/11


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