Angioplasty

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 caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

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

  • There is 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 from the bowels. There may be bright red blood in the urine or stools, or it may appear as black, tarry stools.

  • An oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C) develops.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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