How long does it take to return back to normal after a cardiac cath?

1-2 days . Typically after a cath people have some soreness in their groin (the typical cath site) for 2-3 days. We ask people not to do any heavy lifting for 7-10 days following (nothing over 10 pounds). Otherwise, people are usually able to resume regular activities (showering, desk work, grocery shopping, house cleaning, etc) within 1- 2 days.
Seek Radial Access. If you seek a doctor who performs cardiac catheterizations through the wrist (radial artery), you can "return to normal" within 4 hours with a band-aid on your wrist. You usually only need to avoid use of only that hand in heavy lifting for 24hrs.