I’m scheduled for this Thursday my main problem is with walking, showering, etc. At rest I’m fine, my o2 does really drop when sleeping but as long as I use my oxygen it’s stable.
They just mentioned riding a bike, and I’m wondering if that will be enough to get a good idea of what happens when I walk? The last time I had a 6 minute walk test I didn’t make it far at all w/o oxygen.
I just had one this week. They measured pressures at rest and then gave me hand weights and instructed me lift and lower my arms until heart rate reached a certain number and then took another reading.
I have never had one, just regular RHCs. However, I do know that it is a pedal apparatus that you will be asked to peddle while flat on the table as they are doing the RHC. the Cardiologist will likely give you directions throughout so he can gage your tolerance and what is happening with your heart. I know a couple people who have had them done and this is what they did. It was not a regular bike. However, they may have a different set up where you are going. Perhaps you can let us know after you have it done and tell us how you made out.
My question. How can a Right Heart Cath be done while you exercise?
I had my RHC w/exercise and was officially diagnosed with PAH. This is exactly what I have thought for over a year now. So I guess I was kind of relieved to finally get a formal diagnosis. I don’t know of any other people in my area that have this. There was a man who passed away a couple of years ago that would do live updates on Facebook from his hospital room which raised a lot of awareness in our area.
So far I’m doing okay with it, I have read enough and done my own research to know what this diagnosis means.
My doctor is in Columbus at OSU, and she’s awesome. She’s trying to get meds approved for me, and has already got me scheduled for 6 minute walk and testing in May. I have COPD, so I already have oxygen, and of course all the things that go along with that. From everything I’ve read, if I were looking at where I’m at I feel I’m at stage 3. I guess we’ll see if the medication helps and see what my doctor says next. I’m thankful to find this group, so many people still have no idea what this is.