Written by Padma Sundareson | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Apr 05, 2018

Cardiac Catheterization-After The Procedure

Post procedure, the patient will be monitored for a few hours in an observation or recovery room. If the patient had catheterization done through the groin, they will be asked to lie down straight with the legs extended to control bleeding from the puncture site. They will be asked not to sit down, stand or raise his head to prevent bleeding.

In patients, where the puncture site is at the arm or wrist, they may be allowed to walk around the observation room. These patients will be asked not to bend their arm or lie on it. The nurses will provide pain medications to alleviate back pain if induced by lying on the back for a very long time. Some of the symptoms that needs to be notified to the nurses or doctors without delay are -

  • Pain in the insertion site
  • Bleeding in the insertion site
  • Tingling or numbness in the fingers
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Difficulties in breathing
  • Dizzy
  • Irregular heart beat

Rash/hivesRedness, bruise, small swelling or lump in the insertion site is considered normal and will duly subside in a few days. Patients may be asked to drink lots of water after cardiac catheterization to remove the contrast medium from the body.

The doctor will plan the treatment options based on the results of the test and discuss it with the patient and family. Some patients will be allowed to go home on the same day and some will be monitored overnight at the hospital. Others may stay back for further tests or surgery depending on the outcome.

Few restrictions for the patient to follow at home after catheterization are -

  • Leave the bandage and dressing in place until instructed (usually - 24 to 48 hrs).
  • Lifting heavy weights must be avoided.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise.
  • Contact the doctor, when there are signs of infection.


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vaishali9524 Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What are the complications occurred during Cardiac catheterization?

agila5 Monday, November 18, 2013


drbhargavi Sunday, April 22, 2012

if the creatine level is 4.6 then can we go for angiogram.....if it is must and should then what will be the other alternative...please reply..

doctorJ Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What is the average time for patient to stay in hospital on observation after cardiac Catheterization that is paid and covered by Horizon Blue Cross and other commercial insurance companies? BCBS does even pay for 24 hours for patient stay after cardiac cath. What is medical view on the issue? Favour of your response is appreciated. Email: Doctorwellness@aol.com

accountage Friday, September 23, 2011

i am feeling leg pain and swelling on both the legs is it a symptom of heart patient ?

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