Afterhavingcardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography, your pulse and blood pressure will be checked and recorded.
Ifthe catheterwasinserted into your groin,a nurse may applypressure for up to 10 minutes to stop the bleeding after the catheter and sheath have beenremoved.
Sometimes the doctor carrying out the procedure inserts a smallsurgical plug, a special stitch or another closure deviceto seal the wound.In these cases, it isn't necessaryto apply pressure to the wound.
Ifthe catheterwasinserted into yourarm, a small pressurised cuff maybe placed around yourarm. The pressure is gradually decreased over the course of several hours. A nurse will check whether there's any bleeding at the point where the catheter was inserted.
You should be able to sit up straight away and youmay be able to walk around soon afterwardsif the catheter was inserted into your arm.
However, ifthe catheter was inserted into your groin, you'll be asked to lie flat after any bleeding has stopped. If all is well, you'll be asked to sit up after a few hours and you should be able to get up and walk around shortly after.
You should tell the healthcare professionals treating you if you feel unwell at any time after the procedure.
Most people are able to go home on the same day theprocedure is carried out, although you'll need to arrange a lift home from afamily member or friend.
You should alsomake surethat someone stays with you overnight in case you experience any problems.
Most people feel fine a day or so after having the procedure. You may feel a bit tired and the wound site is likely to be tender for up to a week. Any bruising may last for up to two weeks.
You'll be advised about things to do or avoid during your recovery before leaving hospital. Examples of advice you may be given include:
Call your GP or NHS 111 if you have concerns about your wound or your recovery in general.
Contact your GP if you experience:
If you experience any bleeding fromyour wound, apply pressure to the area. If thebleeding from your wound doesn't stop or restarts after applying pressure for 10 minutes,dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Cardiac catheterisation is an invasive diagnostic procedure that provides important information about the structure and function of the heart.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography can provide important information about the heart and the surrounding blood vessels supplying it.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography is carried out at a hospital or specialist heart centre.
After having cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography, your pulse and blood pressure will be checked and recorded.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography are generally considered to be safe procedures. However, as with all medical procedures, there are some associated risks.