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Moving to the Recovery Room After Cardiac Catheterization With Angioplasty

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Presentation: Angioplasty With Possible Stent
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After your procedure you will be moved to a recovery room where you will be monitored closely.
While resting, you will be asked to keep your leg or arm straight. You will also be encouraged to drink fluids. This helps flush the dye from your system, and should increase your need to urinate.
At this time, you may continue to receive IV drugs such as blood thinners to prevent blood clot formation in your body.
Your leg or arm may begin to feel sore when the numbing medicine wears off at the catheter entry site, the introducer will still be in place. Keep in mind that pain medicine can be given if you feel discomfort. The introducer will remain in place until your doctor feels that you are recovering well.
At that point, the introducer is removed, and pressure will be applied to the catheter entry site. Various techniques and devices are used to stop bleeding from the site.
Depending on your recovery, you can expect your in-hospital stay after your procedure to last from 1-2 days.
Remember that your healthcare providers want you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."

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