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Thursday, April 24, 2014
How Often for Right Heart Catheterization?
If one has been on medication to treat pulmonary hypertension and receives a follow up right catheterization, if the pulmonary pressure is then normal, is it possible to terminate the medication? Also, how frequently is a right heart catheterizations performed?
This is a clinical decision and depends on what the numbers and the patient's condition were prior to starting treatment. If the patient is feeling a lot better, most physicians may not do a repeat catheterization. The medications are not terminated even if the pressures are normal.
Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University