PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What happens in a right heart catheterization for pulmonary arterial hypertension?

ANSWER

If these tests show that you might have pulmonary hypertension, your doctor will need to do a right heart catheterization to be sure. Here's what happens during that test:

Right heart catheterization is safe. The doctor will give you a sedative and use local anesthesia. You can usually go home the same day, although you will need someone to drive you home.

  • The doctor places a catheter into a large vein, most often the jugular vein in your neck or femoral vein in your leg, and then threads it into the right side of your heart.
  • A monitor records the pressures in the right side of the heart and in the pulmonary arteries.
  • The doctor may also inject medicines into the catheter to see if the pulmonary arteries are stiff. This is called a vasoreactivity test.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?"

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "Treatment."

Barst, R.J. , 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Simonneau, G. , 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Runo, J.R. , 2003. Lancet

Mereles, D. , 2006. Circulation

Galie, N. y, 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiolog

Badesch, D.B. , 2007. Chest

Klepetko, W. , 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Sitbon, O. , 2005. Circulation

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 1, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?"

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "Treatment."

Barst, R.J. , 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Simonneau, G. , 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Runo, J.R. , 2003. Lancet

Mereles, D. , 2006. Circulation

Galie, N. y, 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiolog

Badesch, D.B. , 2007. Chest

Klepetko, W. , 2004. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Sitbon, O. , 2005. Circulation

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 1, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What questions should you ask your doctor about pulmonary arterial hypertension?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.