Preparing for the Procedure

Allergies:

Please discuss all of your allergies with your doctor, especially those listed below.

Medications:

Discuss your medications with your physician - he may want to stop or adjust the doses several days prior to or on the day of the procedure, especially those listed below.

Blood Work, EKG, Chest X-ray:

Ask your physician if all of the required pre-procedure tests have been completed or are scheduled before your cardiac catheterization procedure.

What to Bring

  • We recommend bringing a family member with you to wait with you before the procedure.
  • Please bring a robe with you to wear as you wait for the procedure.
  • We recommend that you wear comfortable, easy-to-fold clothing.
  • You may be admitted to the hospital after the procedure, so pack toiletries and any other items you would like to make your stay more comfortable. Your family member can retrieve these items from your car when you need them. Please leave all valuables at home or with a family member.
  • A responsible adult MUST drive you home after the procedure. You will not be discharged unless there is someone available to drive you home.

Instructions after the Procedure

Going Home

A responsible adult MUST drive you home. You will not be discharged unless there is someone available to drive you home.

If you have more than a two-hour drive home, we suggest that you stay overnight in a hotel for your comfort. The Medical Concierge can help you make arrangements. Then have your family member drive you home the next morning, after you have rested.

During your drive home, stop every hour and walk for 5 to 10 minutes. If you are traveling home by plane, stand up to stretch your legs and walk in the aisle at least every hour.

Please ask your doctor when you can resume driving.