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Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring In Atlanta

Occasionally, patients may become very sick and require treatment in an intensive care unit. They may have low urine output and low blood pressure, and have trouble with oxygenation. At times, it becomes difficult to assess their volume status (whether they have too much or too little fluid in the body). Invasive monitoring with a Swan-Ganz Catheter may be useful for obtaining further information.

Typically, a sheath is inserted in a patient’s central vein. Using this sheath, a long, balloon tipped catheter is inserted and “floated” through the heart to allow accurate pressure measurements in the heart. Complications may include irregular heart rhythms, bleeding and infection.