Patient Instructions After Heart Catheterization
Congratulations on your successful heart catheterization.
follow these instructions until your office visit.
shower today and take a tub bath tomorrow.
resume all your normal activities tomorrow with the following exceptions:
strenuous leg activities such as running upstairs or playing tennis for two
a car for the first two days.
You can soak
and remove the dressing in the shower the morning after your catheterization.
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.
site may ooze a single drop of dark blood.
bleeding should be treated as an emergency.
direct pressure over the site and go to the Emergency Department. Don't drive
eat a reasonable low fat low cholesterol diet (less than 30
g of saturated fat in less than 300 mg of cholesterol a day.)
and meal plans are available from the Flagler Hospital Dietary Service and on
If you cannot
stop smoking, call me in the office from my private line to discuss medical and
other treatments to help you stop.
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.
bring your medicines with you to that office visit.
appointment, you should call to report any fever, chills, bleeding, or chest
Feel free to
call with any question or problem.
If the office
is closed, you can reach me directly at 904 806-0001.