Q: Will I be asleep for the procedure?
A: Patients are given moderate levels of sedation. This means you receive IV medication that makes you sleepy. You will not receive general anesthesia but you will need someone to drive you home.
Q: Can I get out of bed after the procedure?
A: This depends on how your physician chooses to "seal" your entrance site. If they use a sealing device, you can get out of bed in two to three hours. Remember, after being sedated, you should remain in bed until you are fully awake.
Q: How soon after the procedure can I eat?
A: Usually patients start eating moderate amounts of food one to two hours after their procedures.
Q: Will the doctor use my groin or wrist to do the procedure?
A: The physician uses the groin 90 percent of the time. About 10 percent of the time they will use your wrist. The choice is usually the physician’s preference.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
Q: How long will it be before I resume my normal activities?
A: Routine cardiac catheterizations take from 30 minutes to one hour.
A: This is up to your physician and depends on your recovery and results. Patients usually resume normal activities in three days.