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The possible major complications include, but are not limited to:
· Serious bleeding
· Heart or Lung Problems including:
o Irregular heart rhythms, and
o Lung or heart failure
· Stroke
· Heart attack
· Artery reclosure
· Blood vessel, nerve or organ damage
· Blood clots
· Failure of medical equipment
· Serious allergic reactions to medication or dye
· Kidney failure, with possible dialysis, and
· Other rare and unlikely events
Depending on your situation a major complication may lead to a longer hospital stay, coronary artery bypass surgery, intra-aortic balloon pump surgery or insertion of a temporary pacemaker. In extreme cases, major complications may cause permanent disability or even loss of life. Loss of life associated with this procedure, however, occurs in about 1 in 1000 procedures.
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