A few days before your procedure:
Your Cardiologist may order blood tests if you are on certain medications, to make sure they are within acceptable levels. You may be asked to stop taking some medications before your procedure.
On the day of the procedure:
You are required to fast (i.e. no food or drink) for 6 hours prior to your procedure (If you are diabetic, please let our office know on (08) 9389 8658 so we can give you more specific instructions).
Please bring an overnight bag to the hospital – just in case you need to stay overnight for observation.
Please also arrange transport to and from the hospital, as you won’t be able to drive after the procedure.
If you live alone, please arrange for a friend or relative to stay overnight with you. If this is not possible, please notify our office on 9389 8658 before your procedure date.
For Mount Hospital Procedures: (Private patients)
When you arrive at the hospital, enter via the main entrance at 150 Mounts Bay Road, Perth 6000 and report to Admissions. From there you will be directed to the Ward. All enquiries should be directed to Mount Hospital on (08) 9327 1100. http://www.mounthospital.com.au/
For Fiona Stanley Hospital Procedures: (Public patients)
Once your Cardiologist identifies the need for you to have a procedure at Fiona Stanley Hospital, our office will send them a form requesting a procedure on your behalf. Once this is done, a staff member from Fiona Stanley Hospital will contact you with further information (please note that it may take up to 6 weeks for them to contact you). All enquiries should be directed to Fiona Stanley Hospital on (08) 6152 2222. http://www.fsh.health.wa.gov.au/
Immediately after you procedure:
You will be taken to a recovery area for observation and monitoring. When your condition is stable, you will be moved to a patient room where you will be monitored regularly. You will need to lie flat for a few hours to ensure optimal healing of the catheter incision site.
Depending on what procedure you have done, you may be able to go home the same day (i.e. if you have a Coronary Angiogram or EP Study), or it may be necessary for you to stay in hospital overnight for further observation (i.e. if you have a Coronary Angioplasty, Ablation, Pacemaker/ICD Insertion or Renal Artery Denervation). Ask your hospital health care team when you should resume taking your medications, shower, return to work and resume all other normal activities.
Once you return home:
Drink plenty of fluids to promote recovery. Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for several days.
Please call your Cardiologist if you notice any of the following:
Bleeding, new bruising or swelling at the catheter site.
Increasing pain or discomfort.
Any numbness, tingling, change in skin colour or weakness that develops in your legs.
Chest pain, shortness of breath, light-headedness, fever or vision impairments.