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As you enter the procedure room, you can expect the room to be slightly cold, usually 60 - 65 degrees. However, blankets will be available to keep you warm. You will be moved to the x-ray table where you will lie on your back. An automatic blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm. And to check oxygen levels in your blood, a pulse oximeter, which is a measuring device, will be taped to your finger.
From the x-ray table, you will see several heart monitors and an x-ray screen that resembles a TV screen. If you choose to view your procedure, you can do so on this screen. On the monitors, your healthcare team will be watching the electrical activity of your heart, your pulse, blood pressure and breathing. You may also hear many noises from these devices, such as loud, high and low pitched beeps. These are all normal and are no cause for concern.
You will be covered with sterile sheets, and the only area exposed will be the catheter entry site.
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