PREPARING FOR CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION
- Do not eat or drink 6 to 8 hours before the test.
- Patients on medications, should ask which drugs they should take prior to the procedure.
- Admission the night before the test maybe required.
- Otherwise, the patient is admitted on the morning of the procedure.
- The procedure and its risks should be explained.
- Tell the doctor or nurse what medications the patient is taking, what medications the patient is allergic to, whether the patient is allergic to seafood, if the patient has had a bad reaction to contrast material in the past or if the patient might be pregnant.
- A witnessed, signed consent for the procedure is required.
- Discomfort at the site where the procedure is performed.
- Some back discomfort from having to remain still for a long time.
- Bleeding at the entry site.
- Hematoma formation.
- Injury to the artery causing a pseudoaneurysm or an AV fistula.
- Nerve injury.
- Low blood pressure.
- Reaction to contrast medium.
- Reaction to the sedative.
- Cardiac arrhythmias.
- Kidney failure.
- Cardiac tamponade.
- Heart attack.
Abraham Salacata, MD, FACC