Elisha, thanks for the kind words and compliment :) There are too many possibilities for me to wrap my mind around!!! I think that I warp my mind around it, lol. I just know when to throw in the towel and go for a cath :(, or up to this point, I have known when to. It has been a very simple decision to make. I entered the ER 2 times within 5 months and later received 2 stents, each time. I see myself as very fortunate. The unfortunate ones are the folks walking around with time bombs ticking in their chest. They do not recognize angina, and what this angina is warning them of. So, about 40% of people that have their first heart attack die. Many die during a second heart attack. I read that 60% of the people that die of heart attacks have one thing in common; it was their second. Bummer! (My percentages, I am sure, can be argued...The data may be old,)
Yes Youngin, your cath will have a left ventricular EF (LVEF) calculated in the cath report, by computer software and the cardio, unless they did a right side heart catheterization. Did they go through the femoral artery in your leg?
If catheters are introduced through the femoral or groin artery, the procedure is known as "left heart" catheterization, because the catheter goes from the femoral artery to the aorta, coronary arteries, and the Left Ventricle (LV). This accounts for the majority of procedures. Left heart cath can also be performed by using the artery in the arm.
If a catheter is also placed in the right femoral vein to measure pressures within the right side of the heart, the procedure is called "right heart" catheterization. This is used in patients with congenital heart disease, diseases of the heart valve, or certain conditions involving the pericardium, or sac, of the heart. This may also be used in certain diseases of the heart muscle, heart failure, shock, or when measurements of heart output or lung pressures are needed. Right and left heart catheterization is a combination of both. (Hey I looked this up, lol)
You also need to have an echocardiogram periodically don't you think? They also calculate your EF.
Wow, that would be a wonderful thesis paper theme or topic....I have seen the need for this integration or change in approaches, first hand :) Later....