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.