BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Thorough planning of your out-patient clinic appointment makes the planned operation less stressful, safer and helps you to understand the important details of the admission, procedure and recovery.
Family members and friends are welcome to attend the appointment with you. Apart from basic assessments of an ECG, X-ray and blood tests, cardiac patients usually have a coronary angiography and ECHO study.
Coronary angiography is an invasive assessment performed under local anesthesia. It is carried out in a specialized intervention suite ( Cath-lab ) and it basically shows the blood flow through the arteries of the heart. An ECHO study is a non-invasive ultrasound scan of the heart showing the heart muscle contraction and valve performance.
It may be necessary to have a few more assessments in specific situations, e.g. CT scan, lung function test or carotid scan etc.
It is advisable to visit your dentist prior to the operation, it helps to prevent a risk of any possible infection.
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