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Heart cath and risk of Kidney failure

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I recently had a heart attack and required a stent. Had no problems with the procedure and was released from hospital a few days later. About a month and a half later I had routine blood work done and found that I had lost 55% of my kidney function. After comparing my blood work after the heart cath and the blood work done as soon as I was in the emergency room it was found that all the damage came after the procedure. Is there a relation between the two. I have had no problems in the past with any type of kidney disease.
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replied December 6th, 2011
Your age and general condition before the cardiac catheterization and placing of the stent would be factors in understanding your kidney condition. Cardiac catheterization is generally remarkably safe and under ordinary circumstances should not lead to kidney problems.
As I am sure you realize, I am unable to diagnosis your kidney status online. However, it might be worthwhile for you or your family physician to contact the doctor who did the cardiac catheterization and placed the stent at the time you had the heart attack to determine if there was any unusual occurrence.


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