Hi, Jeff --
I had a little bit of bruising and a pea sized lump where the cath was inserted. I was going to call the doc but came here instead and was reassured by the HVJ gang that both the bruising and the little lump are entirely common. That said, you're the consumer and if you'd feel better calling your doc to have this checked out, go for it!
Hi Jeff, I got a lot of bruising from my cath but I called the doctor about 6 days later when I noticed a marble sized ball, mine hurt a lot to touch or press on it. Went to the doctor and thankfully it was a hematoma (not a blood clot) just a really large bruise, it took over a month to finally go away, the bruising lasted over 2 1/2 weeks.
I'd say call your doctor and just see what they think just to be sure.
I think I'd call rather than wait a couple of days.
From what others have posted, I think you can develop a clot at the area of the incision. A phone call won't hurt..just to be sure.
Hi, Jeff --
Sounds like things are moving right along for you. Good news that there were no blockages. I guess we're lucky that we have the luxury of "scheduling" our surgery rather than being rushed to the ER, but the waiting can get old, fast! Congrats on your daughter's soon-to-be graduation.
Hi Jeff. I'm from near your neck of the woods (LA) and had mitral repair 4/26/11 at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, which is top rated on the west coast. It sounds like you are well started on your "journey". The cath is usually to screen for blockages in heart arteries so if there are any they can be bypassed at the same time as valve surgery. Hopefully they are clear and clean, but if not its good to get both problems out of the way at once. We're all here on the journal to give each other a hand, don't hesitate to post any questions you have. -- DVB
Hi Jeffrey, welcome to HVJ. This site is truly amazing in the information and support you receive. Keep posting, putting the questions out there and watch what happens. I also recommend you read other journals, they can be very helpful. Check mine out, I am told it has helped others. Don't worry about the cath, it seems bad in theory, but is so no big deal.
Good luck on your journey. It is a crappy one to have to take, but we all are on the same path and are here for you.