Cardiac Catheterization (cont.)

How Should I Prepare for Cardiac Catheterization?

Before cardiac catheterization, most people will need to have a routine chest X-ray, blood tests, electrocardiogram, and urinalysis performed within two weeks before having the test.

You can wear whatever you like to the hospital. You will wear a hospital gown during the procedure.

Leave all valuables at home. If you normally wear dentures, glasses, or a hearing device, plan to wear them during the procedure.

Your doctor or nurse will give you specific instructions about what you can and cannot eat or drink before the procedure.

Tell your doctor all of the medications you are currently taking, including herbal preparations and dietary supplements.

Ask your doctor what medications should be taken on the day of your test. You may be told to stop taking certain medications, such as Coumadin (a blood thinner), for a few days before the procedure.

If you have diabetes, ask your doctor how to adjust your diabetes medications the day of your cardiac cath.

Tell your doctor and/or nurses if you are allergic to anything, especially iodine, shellfish, X-ray dye, latex, or rubber products (such as rubber gloves or balloons) or penicillin-type medications.

You may or may not return home the day of your procedure. Bring items with you (such as a robe, slippers, and toothbrush) to make your stay more comfortable. When you are able to return home, arrange for someone to bring you home.

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