Important: If you do not have a responsible adult with you to drive you home, your procedure will be canceled.
For your safety, please have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure. You should also have someone with you when you first get out of bed. If you are dizzy when you first get up, call your doctor.
You may be able to go home the same day as your procedure. Otherwise, you will spend the night in the hospital and go home the next day.
You will have a bandage over the insertion/wound site. You can take this dressing off the morning after the procedure. It is easiest to remove by wetting the tape first, while showering.
Your doctor will tell you when you can get back to your normal routine. You will need to take it easy for the first two days you are home. Expect to feel tired and weak the day after the procedure. Stand up slowly to avoid getting dizzy. Take walks around your house and rest during the day.
The radial artery extends from the brachial artery down the radial side of the forearm to the wrist where it branches in smaller vessels in the palm of the hand and fingers. If the catheterization is done through the radial artery, the following guidelines must be followed:
If your wrist bleeds once you are home, do not panic. Follow these steps to control the bleeding:
If the bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes, or if there is a large amount of bleeding or spurting, get emergency treatment (DO NOT drive yourself to the hospital).
Please review your medications with your doctor before you go home. Ask your doctor if you should continue taking the medications you were taking before the procedure.
If you had a percutaneous intervention (PCI), you will need to take antiplatelet medication. There are several types of this medication. The most common medications used are clopidogrel (Plavix), prasugrel (Effient) and ticagrelor (Brilinta).
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about this medication. Before you go home, we will make sure you have enough of this medication to last 30 days. Do not stop taking this medication without talking to your cardiologist.
If you have diabetes, your doctor may adjust your diabetes medications for one to two days after your procedure. You may need to stop taking Glucophage (metformin hydrochloride) or Glucovance for 48 hours after the procedure to reduce the risk of kidney complications. Please ask your doctor if you need to make any changes to your diabetes medications.
Depending on the results of your procedure, your doctor may prescribe new medications. Please make sure you know which medications you should be taking after the procedure and how often to take them.
Please tell us if you will have a problem filling or paying for your medications. We can help.
Be sure to drink eight to ten glasses of clear fluids (water is best) to flush the contrast material from your system.
Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to resume driving. Most people are able to drive again within 24 hours after they leave the hospital.
To achieve the best results, you must be committed to living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Your healthcare team can help you achieve your goals, but it is up to you to take your medications as prescribed, make dietary changes, quit smoking, exercise regularly, keep your follow-up appointments and be an active member of the treatment team.
Enroll in a cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) program to help you set goals and stay committed to living a heart-healthy lifestyle. The rehab staff will help you make the needed changes to your lifestyle and progress toward reaching your heart-healthy goals. Cardiac rehab is covered by most insurance companies after a patient has a heart attack, but check with your insurance provider, as policies differ. Please ask your doctor or nurse about finding and enrolling in a cardiac rehab program that is right for you.
We will contact your referring or primary care doctor to discuss the results of your procedure. Please call your primary care doctor as soon as you return home. He or she may want to see you within the first week you are home.
We will send a written report to your doctor. The report includes a general summary of your medical condition, including information about your procedure, prescribed medications and care plan.
Please be sure to follow all other instructions given to you by your physician.
Get emergency treatment if you have any of the following symptoms:
Call your doctor if you have:
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