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Will a right heart cath give my doctor information about my breathing issues?

My oxygen levels drop upon exertion.  After having many other heart related tests, doctors are recommending a right heart catheterization. Is this safe and will it give the doctors more information about breathing issues? I have previously had two left heart caths along with a heart MRI, echoes, and EKG's. 

submitted by Nancy from Charlotte, North Carolina on 9/10/2012

Answer:

Neil E. Strickman, MD, FACC, FACPby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  

The drop in oxygen saturation is either heart or lung related. An echocardiogram should help more than a heart cath. A chest CT scan and chest x-ray may also help. Good luck! 




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