What post-op care is recommended to patients of cardiac catheterization?

Rest and fluids. Post cardiac cath. Pts should rest and not lift greater than ten pounds or drive for 48 hrs. Drink plenty of water to flush out the dye and keep an eye on the access site for pain or color change. After 48 hrs if no isues are noted patient can resume normal activities. Meds such as glucophage or Coumadin (warfarin) special instructions for restarting will be given. Notify your dr if pain fever numbness etc.
Catheterization . After the procedure need to be careful of the wound site for several days to prevent bleeding. Don't drive for at least 24hrs after cath. Check with cath staff for personalized instructions.

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What should a patient do if he or she bleeds after a cardiac catheterization?

Direct pressure & ER. Put lots of hard direct pressure over the bleeding point and go to the e r if outside the hospital asap. Read more...
Cath. Bleeding post catheterization is less common with radial approach but can still happen. The femoral approach more commonly has post procedural bleeding. Pressure over the wound site for 5-10minutes will usually stop the bleeding but if it does not. Pressure should be continued and the patient should go to the er to have further care and possibly repair of the wound. Read more...

Could patients listen to an ipod during a cardiac catheterization or angioplasty procedure?

Probably not. Devices like that would not normally be allowed in an operating room. Most cath labs have music playing, and would likely be happy to play music that you request. Read more...