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Going Home After Your Cardiac Catheterization

The doctor will determine when the patient will be discharged after the recovery period, which can be from three to eight hours following a procedure. Discharges can occur at any time of day or night. Please make sure that your family member taking you home is okay with driving after dark.  Or, you may want to consider staying at the WakeMed Heart Center Inn located on the third floor of the Heart Center. For more information and rates, please call 919-350-7777.  Heart patients staying in the Inn receive a discounted rate.

If the procedure requires more invasive treatment procedures such as angioplasty or stent insertion, the patient will stay overnight in the main hospital for observation. Implant patients will be required to stay overnight. If you have any questions not covered in this brochure, please ask any of the nursing staff or doctors.

What to Expect Following A Procedure

Feeling tired after a procedure is normal. Check with your doctor as to when you can resume normal activities and return to work. Expect bruising, discoloration and perhaps a small lump at the puncture site up to a couple of days following the procedure. This is normal and will gradually disappear over the next several weeks.