What Happens Afterwards?
When the procedure is complete pressure will be applied to
the point of entry for up to 15 minutes after the test. This
allows a seal to form over the puncture site in the artery.
You will need to stay in bed for 4-6 hours after the procedure.
There will be no stitches, but you may be a little sore and
need pain killers for a day or two.
Alternatively, an artery closure device may be used to close
the puncture site. This allows you to sit up at 30 degrees
immediately and mobilise after one hour. Your doctor will
decide if this device is suitable for you.
The doctor will discuss the results with you before you are discharged
and make recommendations for further treatment. Because sedation is required
to carry out this test and if you are in hospital only for the day it
will be necessary for you to be accompanied home by a responsible adult.
You are advised not to drive, operate machinery or undertake heavy physical
activity for at least 24 hours afterwards.
Coronary Angioplasty +/- Stent
Coronary angioplasty and the insertion of a Stent is a way of opening
up blocked / narrowed coronary arteries and increasing the blood flow
to the heart muscle.
What Preparation Is Needed?
The treatment requires 2-3 days in hospital. The preparation is the same
as for Cardiac Angiography and is performed in the same department.