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What can I expect after a heart biopsy?

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Before you go home, a health care provider will tell you how to care for the wound site and when you can return to your regular activities.

When the results of the heart biopsy are available, your doctor will discuss them with you. If the results are negative, it means the heart tissue that was analyzed looked normal. A positive biopsy result could mean a cause of heart failure was found, such as inflammation due to an infection. If the biopsy followed a heart transplant, it may indicate the presence of rejection cells.

SOURCES:  Baughman, KL. , June/July 2003. HeartHealthyWoman.org web site: ''Heart Biopsy.'' Myocarditisfoundation.org: ''From Bench-to-Bedside,'' Ch. 15. Cardiology Rounds

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:  Baughman, KL. , June/July 2003. HeartHealthyWoman.org web site: ''Heart Biopsy.'' Myocarditisfoundation.org: ''From Bench-to-Bedside,'' Ch. 15. Cardiology Rounds

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

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