Q: How long will my procedure take?
A: For a heart catheterization procedure, the average time is 1-2 hours from the time you are taken into the procedure room to the time you leave. For a procedure that involves an irregular heartbeat, the average time in the room is 2-4 hours.
Q: Will I have an anesthesiologist?
A: Your physician will make sure you have what you need based on your procedure. The need for an anesthesiologist varies based on your individual circumstance. Should you have a need, we will have an anesthesiologist speak with you and answer any questions you may have.
Q: What is a heart catheterization? My doctor said I was having an angiogram.
A: An angiogram is an X-Ray of an artery using contrast (dye). A heart catheterization is an angiogram of the arteries and chambers of the heart.
Q: Can I go home after the procedure?
A: Your Cardiologist will make a decision based on your procedure. Your physician may discharge you following your procedure or request that you stay overnight.
Q: What happens if you find a blockage?
A: Your Cardiologist will have discussed this with you prior to the procedure. Depending on the severity of the blockage, you will either be treated medically, you will have the blockage fixed in the catheterization lab, or your doctor may suggest surgery.
Q: I have heard that there are two different kinds of heart stents. What kind does my Cardiologist use?
A: Your Cardiologist will decide what kind of stent is right for you based on many factors. Your physician can explain this to you at the time of your procedure.
Q: How soon can I eat after my procedure?
A: Your physician will make a decision based on whether or not you had anesthesia.
Q: Will the procedure hurt?
A: You may feel some pain with the initial injection of the medicine to numb the skin. Most patients do not feel pain after that.
Q: What do I need to do before the procedure?
A: Prior to your procedure you will receive a call from our nursing team. At this point they will give you further instructions and ask you questions about your health and medications.
Q: Can I drive after the procedure?
A: Due to the medications you will be given, we ask that you arrange to have a ride home following your procedure
Q: How much time do I have to be off work?
A: The time you need to take away from work depends on the procedure you will be having. Please ask your doctor for further details.