After Your Procedure

After Your Cardiac Catheterization

Post-Cardiac Catheterization Instructions


  • Make sure to have someone drive you home from the hospital, and someone must stay with you overnight.
  • You cannot drive your car for 24 hours.
  • You cannot operate any machinery for 24 hours.
  • You may not lift, push or pull, exercise or do strenuous activity for 48 hours, or until advised by a physician.
  • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
  • Rest at home for the remainder of the day.
  • Your activities may include: daily walking with frequent rest periods, gradually increasing the amount you walk.
  • Be sure to drink at least six (6) 8-ounce glasses of fluid daily for 48 hours.
  • You may return to work after 48 hours.
  • You may resume sexual activity after 48 hours.


Resume your normal diet.

Care of the Procedure Site

  • The area of the procedure should be kep clean and dry.
  • You may shower tomorrow. Do not rub the site with your hand or washcloth. Pat the area dry.
  • Place a fresh bandaid to the site every day until the area is healed (approximately 2 to 3 days.)

Follow up with your cardiologist in one week.

When to Call the Doctor

If you develop any of the following conditions, call your doctor immediately! If you are unable to reach the physician, go the nearest Emergency Department. Once there, tell them you had a cardiac catheterization.

  • numbness in your leg
  • severe chills or fever of 101 degrees F.
  • new onset of back pain
  • redness, swelling or draining from the procedure or intravenous site
  • pain in your calf
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath

If BLEEDING occurs, apply direct pressure to the site. Call 911 and/or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

If you have any questions about your cardiac catheterization, please feel free to call us at (518)268-6179.


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