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So you're having heart cath and angioplasty
Fort, Stephen, 1960- So you're having angioplasty.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 164 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Based on: So you're having angioplasty / Stephen Fort, Victoria Foulger. Toronto : SCRIPT Medical Press, 2001.
Coronary artery disease and you -- Getting ready for your heart cath -- The day of your heart cath -- The heart cath procedure -- Is angioplasty right for you? -- The angioplasty procedure -- The angioplasty toolkit -- Angioplasty in other parts of the body -- When it's all over -- Recovering at home -- How you can help yourself -- Has my angioplasty worked? -- Medications -- The future of angioplasty -- Who's who of hospital staff.
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This book is the ultimate guide to cardiac catheterization (heart cath) and angioplasty in the US. It gives you the information you need to be firmly in the driver's seat, from preparing for the first hospital visit, through the heart cath and angioplasty procedures, to the quickest routes to recovery.

Author Notes

E. Magnus Ohman MD, FRCPI, FACC is the Ernest and Hazel Craige Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the UNC Heart Center
Gail Cox RN is a cardiology nurse clinician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Patient Care Coordinator of the UNC Heart Center
Stephen Fort MD, MRCP, FRCPC is a staff cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Victoria K. Foulger RN, BPHIL is a chartered herbalist and former cardiac research nurse

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 Coronary Artery Disease and Youp. 1
The facts on coronary artery disease
Reasons that you have clogged arteries
Taking control of your future
Chapter 2 Getting Ready for Your Heart Cathp. 10
Tests you'll need before your heart cath
Informed consent
Questions you may want to ask
Chapter 3 The Day of Your Heart Cathp. 17
Making a hospital checklist
Arrival at the hospital
Tips for friends and family
Transfer to the cath lab
Chapter 4 The Heart Cath Procedurep. 22
Why it's needed
What it is
Step-by-step guide to the procedure
The risks of the X-ray test
Decoding your diagnosis
Chapter 5 Is Angioplasty Right for You?p. 36
Reasons for recommending angioplasty
Your other options
Pros and cons of angioplasty, bypass surgery, and medication alone
Chapter 6 The Angioplasty Procedurep. 48
Step-by-step guide to the procedure
X-ray pictures during the procedure
Blood-thinning drugs
Guide wire
Balloon angioplasty
Closing the incision
Chapter 7 The Angioplasty Toolkitp. 62
Tools used during heart cath and angioplasty
Atherectomy, thrombectomy, lasers, drug-coated stents, brachytherapy, and distal protection devices
Other techniques
Chapter 8 Angioplasty in Other Parts of the Bodyp. 73
All about angioplasty in other parts of the body
The risks of other angioplasties
Chapter 9 When It's All Overp. 78
The immediate aftermath
Return to the ward
Symptoms to watch out for
Care of your wound
Eating and drinking
Going home checklist
Chapter 10 Recovering at Homep. 89
Dealing with medication
Care of your wound (at home)
What to do in an emergency
Back to work
Exercise, sex, driving, flying
Chapter 11 How You can Help Yourselfp. 99
Lifestyle shifts that can transform your future
Cardiac rehabilitation
Complementary approaches
The science behind complementary therapies
Chapter 12 Has My Angioplasty Worked?p. 119
How you might feel right away
What you might expect in recovery
The long-term picture
Chapter 13 Medicationsp. 123
Angina medications
How they work
Side effects
Finding the right medication mix
Chapter 14 The Future of Angioplastyp. 130
Taking part in a clinical trial
Up-coming tools and techniques
Chapter 15 Who's Who of Hospital Staffp. 136
Glossaryp. 141
Resourcesp. 149
Your Diaryp. 152
Indexp. 161