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What can I expect during a heart biopsy?

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  • You will lie on your back on a special table.
  • You will get a mild sedative medication to help you relax, but you will be awake during the procedure.
  • The doctor will numb an area of your neck. A plastic sheath (a short, hollow tube) is inserted through a small incision and into a blood vessel in the neck. A bioptome is inserted through the sheath and threaded to the right ventricle. X-rays, called fluoroscopy, are used to position the bioptome properly.
  • The bioptome is used to take samples of the heart muscle.
  • When the samples have been collected, the catheter and sheath will be removed and firm pressure will be held over the area to stop bleeding.

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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