Angiography, Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

After your procedure, it is typical to have the following sensations:

  • Minor discomfort or tenderness and a small bump at the catheter insertion site. The bump should usually decrease in size and tenderness within 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Any bruising will usually fade within 2 to 4 weeks.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • You may need to keep taking blood thinners if they were prescribed for you. Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, fever, or discomfort as directed by your health care provider.

  • Do not apply powder or lotion to the site.

  • Do not sit in a bathtub, swimming pool, or whirlpool for 5 to 7 days.

  • You may shower 24 hours after the procedure. Remove the bandage (dressing) and gently wash the site with plain soap and water. Gently pat the site dry.

  • Inspect the site at least twice daily.

  • Limit your activity for the first 48 hours. Do not bend, squat, or lift anything over 20 lb (9 kg) or as directed by your health care provider.

  • Do not drive home if you are discharged the day of the procedure. Have someone else drive you. Follow instructions about when you can drive or return to work.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You get lightheaded when standing up.

  • You have drainage (other than a small amount of blood on the dressing).

  • You have chills.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have redness, warmth, swelling, or pain at the insertion site.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop chest pain or shortness of breath, feel faint, or pass out.

  • You have bleeding, swelling larger than a walnut, or drainage from the catheter insertion site.

  • You develop pain, discoloration, coldness, or severe bruising in the leg or arm that held the catheter.

  • You develop bleeding from any other place, such as the bowels. You may see bright red blood in your urine or stools, or your stools may appear black and tarry.

  • You have heavy bleeding from the site. If this happens, hold pressure on the site.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.