Asked by: Dikra Palchenmedical health heart and cardiovascular diseases
Can a PICC line cause heart problems?
Similarly, can a PICC line cause a heart attack?
Very rare complications of PICC include pulmonary or air embolism, catheter fragment embolism, and perforation of the right atrium or SVC causing cardiac tamponade. Thus far, case reports in the medical literature have described arterial PICC placement with the catheter tip central to the carotid or vertebral arteries.
Also Know, why does a PICC line go to the heart?
A PICC line gives your doctor access to the large central veins near the heart. It's generally used to give medications or liquid nutrition. A PICC line can help avoid the pain of frequent needle sticks and reduce the risk of irritation to the smaller veins in your arms.
Arrhythmias are common in hospitalized patients and during surgery. We present a case of positional atrial arrhythmia related to a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). Practitioners should consider PICC line tip position as a rare cause of positional atrial arrhythmias.