St. Johns Cardiovascular St. Augustine Florida USA

St. John's Cardiovascular, P.A.

Howard A. Baker III, M.D., F.A.C.C.

St. Augustine Florida USA

 

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Patient Instructions After Heart Catheterization

 

Congratulations on your successful heart catheterization. 

Please follow these instructions until your office visit.

 

Activities:

You can shower today and take a tub bath tomorrow.
You can resume all your normal activities tomorrow with the following exceptions:
Avoid strenuous leg activities such as running upstairs or playing tennis for two days.
Avoid driving a car for the first two days.

 

Wound care:

You can soak and remove the dressing in the shower the morning after your catheterization. 

Between baths, keep the groin clean and dry. 

It should not require another bandage, but you may cover the site with a Band-Aid if you wish.

The groin site may ooze a single drop of dark blood. 


Any other bleeding should be treated as an emergency. 

Apply firm, direct pressure over the site and go to the Emergency Department.  Don't drive yourself.

 

Diet:

You should eat a reasonable low fat low cholesterol diet (less than 30 g of saturated fat in less than 300 mg of cholesterol a day.) 

Information and meal plans are available from the Flagler Hospital Dietary Service and on the Internet.

 

Smoking:

Don't smoke.

If you cannot stop smoking, call me in the office from my private line to discuss medical and other treatments to help you stop.

 

Follow up:

 

When you get home, call my office at 810-1045 for a follow-up visit. Tell them that you are to be seen within two weeks of your catheterization.

Remember to bring your medicines with you to that office visit.

Until your appointment, you should call to report any fever, chills, bleeding, or chest pain.

Feel free to call with any question or problem.

 
If the office is closed, you can reach me directly at 904 806-0001.

 

 

 

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