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Documentation criteria for left heart cath

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    Can anyone tell me (along with providing a reference source) as to whether or not a left heart cath can be done on a patient with a aortic valve prosthesis?

    Also, do you have any documentation as to what specifically needs to be documented for a left heart cath to be coding?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheilacpc View Post
    Can anyone tell me (along with providing a reference source) as to whether or not a left heart cath can be done on a patient with a aortic valve prosthesis?

    Also, do you have any documentation as to what specifically needs to be documented for a left heart cath to be coding?

    Thanks
    Per Dr. Z's cardiovascular book, the catheter has to enter the left ventricle and pressures taken, to be a left heart catheterization. What I have seen, the doctors usually does not cross a aortic valve prosthesis.

    HTH,
    Jim Pawloski, CIRCC

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