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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:11 am 
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Toothy, I am writing because I have done ER, Flight for Life and Cardiology for years. I too, have had a heart cath.

They can pre-sedate you with Valium or Versed. I vote for versed, because it is safer, short acting and you won't remember a thing. It is kinda like LA LA land..
They will numb the site and you will not feel the catheter or anything but pressure ( a little). They kind of like you to be a little awake, to answer questions and see how you are acting. I have never seen them use Propofol ( the michael Jackson drug) unless there were a lot of complications. This is a pretty safe procedure. It is totally safe and I have given Propofol at least a thousand times. This is very safe as well.

Just make sure the nurse and doc know you are on suboxone. The stuff they use are (usually are not narcotics). Some docs say cut your sub dose by 1/2, 3-4 days prior to your cath and if you continue to have pain, use OxyContin and oxycodone IR for break through pain. Your suboxone doctor should be able to advise in any case.
So, prayers for clean coronaries. I will be thinking about you!


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