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How do you determine where the IV is inserted?

How do you determine where the IV is inserted arm, neck, or groin during cardiac catherization? I am schedule for a Cardiac Catherization due to an abnormality stress test, mild abnormal in the left ventricle .
Fri, 9 Sep 2011
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Hi,Edward,thanks for query.Depending upon the preference of doctor either radial artery(arm) or femoral artery(groin) is selected.At times when the doctor wants to scan renal arteries also the groin is preferred.The doctor will again decide depends up on accessibility of the artery.
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Its not an IV (intravenous) Its IA, intra arterial If you are having a coronary angiogram, the artery is punctured Most places do it via the femoral artery (groin) Some do it via the radial (wrist) The wrist is safer, and has less risk of complications, but may be painful. It depends on the experience of the operator If they do it via the wrist artery, you might be able to go home in a couple of hours, and you can walk in and walk out of the cath lab
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