All of the catheters will be removed when the procedure is done. Firm
pressure will be applied at the catheter insertion sites for several minutes to
prevent bleeding, and a dressing will be applied.
You will be disconnected from most of the monitoring equipment, but some of
this equipment may remain connected until you have been transported to a
recovery area or hospital room. The intravenous (IV) line in your arm is often
left in place.
You will be required to lie flat and still for several hours. You should
avoid lifting and bending your legs where the catheters were inserted. This will
give the punctured vessels an opportunity to heal completely.
Typically a nurse follows your progress for several hours by checking your
pulse, blood pressure, and the catheter insertion sites. If you notice bleeding
or feel pain at these insertion sites, or if you feel your heart beating
rapidly, notify the nurse immediately.
Sometimes you will be allowed to go home on the day of the procedure, but you
may be required to stay in the hospital overnight. The heart may be monitored
with an electrocardiogram (ECG) until you go home. You
should make arrangements for someone to take you home from the hospital.
After you return home, limit your activity for several days. Avoid all
vigorous physical exertion and strain (such as lifting heavy objects). In
addition, carefully follow your physician's instructions regarding medications
you are to take.
Leave the dressing in place until the next day or as instructed by your
physician or nurse. He or she will also tell you how long to wait to bathe after
It is not unusual to have a bruise or small lump where the catheters were
inserted. This usually disappears in a week or two. It is unusual for the sites
to become warm to the touch, tender, painful, or for any swelling to increase
after you return home. It would also be unusual for you to develop a fever or
experience a recurrence of your rapid heart rhythm, chest pain, dizziness, or
shortness of breath. If any of these occur, contact your physician