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Mary D
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Right Heart Catheterization

Posted by @maryd, Tue, Jun 19 11:55am

I underwent a right heart catheterization with exercise 5 days ago. I was awake and pedaling some bike pedals during the procedure. I was given a local anesthetic but still experienced intense pain on insertion of the catheter in my neck from my shoulder to the tips of my fingers. During the procedure the doctor kept applying pressure at the insertion site which caused immense pain as well. I am 5 days post procedure and my neck still hurts. I read the this procedure was not supposed to be painful. Has anybody else had this experience?

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That’s about the same as a central line and it is very uncomfortable, however it your neck shouldn’t hurt that long…hard to say he may have nicked a nerve

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That’s about the same as a central line and it is very uncomfortable, however it your neck shouldn’t hurt that long…hard to say he may have nicked a nerve

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Hello ca426. Thanks for your reply. I agree. My neck is still hurting today. I think a nerve was injured. I wonder why they don't go thru a vein in the groin? I think it might be due to the longer amount of time a patient has to be in recovery afterward. If they use the neck, especially without sedation, the patient literally walks out after the test. This way they can test twice as many patients or more in the same amount of time.
That miight not be a good reason though.

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