Care After

Please read the instructions outlined below and refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your cardiologist may also give you specific instructions. While your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, unavoidable complications occasionally occur.


  • Take all medicines exactly as directed. You may need to keep taking blood thinners if they were prescribed for you.

  • Limit your activity for the first 48 hours. Avoid bending the place where the catheter was inserted.

  • Follow instructions about when you can drive or return to work.


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

  • You have bleeding, swelling, 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 urine or bowels. This may be bright red blood in the urine or stools, or it may appear as black, tarry stools.

  • You have a fever.