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Kidney failure after a heart attack

When my mother had a heart attack in 2002, she was 85 years old.  They injected contrast dye, broke up the clot, and then put a shunt in her heart.  Several days later, the doctors said her kidneys may be failing.  Consequently my mother was put on dialysis within two months.  I thought the kidneys shut down because the clot went to her kidneys and shut them down.  Is it possible that the contrast dye they used was the culprit?  I do not know if they did a kidney function on her before the dye was injected, or if they flushed her kidneys afterwards, but she had high blood pressure and was a diabetic.  What are the protocols for this procedure?  What should the doctor have done to prevent this from happening?  How can you tell if it was the dye that shut down the kidneys?

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