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5 Ways To Prepare For Cardiac Catheterization
by Carla Hudson
Cardiac catheterization is a heart test that checks for potential signs of heart disease. The way the test works is a tube is inserted in a blood vessel either in your arm or leg and then lead to your heart where imaging tests can be done. This is a very invasive test that you want to be sure you are prepared for. Here are five ways to prepare for the test:
Receive Your Routine Care: Before undergoing a cardiac catheterization, you want to be sure that you have a routine chest x-ray, blood tests, urinalysis, and more. Talk to your doctor about what kinds of routine care you should have scheduled to be done before the heart test to ensure that your body is stable enough to undergo the invasive process.
Listen to All Instructions: Your doctor is going to tell you what you can and cannot eat the day before the test and they will also provide some medications that you may have to take before the test, as well. It is important that you follow these instructions to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared and keeping your body healthy and stable enough to handle the procedure.
Discuss Allergies and Health Conditions: If you have any allergies, it is important that your doctor know about these. This is because there are going to be a number of things that will need to be used during the procedure, such as rubber gloves. If you are allergic to rubber, then your doctor needs to know so that they can make adjustments where it is needed. You will also want to let your doctor know if you have diabetes or any other health condition, which they will likely already know about. However, you want to be sure to ask how you can handle your blood sugar levels during the procedure and more.
Bring Things to Make Stay Comfortable: The procedure of cardiac catheterization takes only about a half an hour to complete, but the recovery time can be long. In fact, you could be spending the whole day at the hospital or even overnight. Because of this, you want to bring a few things that are going to make your stay a bit more comfortable, such as your toothpaste and toothbrush, pajamas, slippers, and more.
Arrange a Ride: Even if you feel comfortable enough to drive home yourself, it is going to be recommended that you arrange to have someone take you home. This is important because although you may feel comfortable, you never really know if the sedatives you have taken have worn off enough for safe driving.
By preparing for your cardiac catheterization in this way, you can be sure that in the end, you will be thoroughly prepared and comfortable with the procedure. Talk with doctors and cardiology specialists, like those at Henrico Cardiology Associates, for more information.