Diagnostic Angiography/Angioplasty/Stent Placement Discharge Instructions

  1. Go home following discharge from the hospital and rest quietly for the remainder of the day. Do not drive, operate appliances, or make any legal decisions today. You may resume normal activities in 24 hours.
  2. Have a responsible adult drive you home.
  3. You may resume your normal diet following the procedure. Drink extra fluids today (six to eight glasses). This will encourage the excretion of the contrast material. Avoid alcoholic beverages or depressant drugs for 24 hours.
  4. Do not take aspirin-containging products, ibuprophen, vitamin E, or blood-thinning products (*Coumadin) for 24 hours after the procedure, unless prescribed by Dr. Osterman. You may take Tylenol (1 to 2 tablets every four to six hours) for mild discomfort at the arteriogram site.
  5. If you develop bleeding at the site, lie flat and put direct pressure on the site for 15 minutes. You may also put an ice pack at the entry site at the time you apply pressure. Call Dr. Osterman at (305) 932-7800 for instructions. The catheter entry site is typically a very small puncture in the artery which can be easily controlled with manual compression. If in the unlikely event the bleeding becomes unmanageable, then dial 911 and have the ambulance take you to the closest emergency department.
  6. You may develop a bruise at the puncture site. This should go away within a week to ten days. You should not experience severe pain or redness at the site. If you do, call the office at (305) 932-7800.
  7. Do not smoke for 24 hours after the procedure.
  8. Call Dr. Osterman's office for a follow-up appointment. The results of the arteriogram will have been discussed with you at the time of the procedure. Patients having had angioplasty will need a follow-up appointment with Dr. Osterman within seven to ten days following the procedure.
  9. If you have any problems or questions after you arrive home, please do not hesitate to call the office at (305) 932-7800.

In most cases Coumadin therapy may be re-started 3 days after the procedure. You may discuss this with Dr. Osterman after the procedure or call the office for instructions.