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Caring for Yourself after a Right Heart Catheterization (7494)

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Caring for Yourself after a Right Heart Catheterization

Your right heart catheterization on _______________________________ was through the

RIGHT / LEFT femoral vein (groin)
RIGHT / LEFT internal jugular vein (neck)
RIGHT / LEFT brachial vein (arm)

Going Home
▪ Have someone drive you home. You
should not drive at all until at least 24
hours after your procedure. If medicine
was used to help you relax during the
procedure, you should not make any
important personal or business decisions
until the next day.
▪ Rest quietly today.

Care of the Incision
▪ You may shower 24 hours after your
procedure. Remove the bandage over
the site before you take a shower.
▪ For the next 3 days:
- Gently clean the site using soap and
water while in the shower. Gently
dry the site. Do not rub the site.
- You may apply an antibacterial
ointment (i.e. Neosporin ). Do not
use lotions or powders in the area.
- Cover the site with a band-aid or
dressing. Make sure to cover the
entire area. A square band-aid works
- Keep the site clean and dry to
prevent infection. If the band-aid or
dressing becomes wet, remove it and
replace it with a new one.
- Inspect the site daily for redness,
swelling, or drainage.

If your puncture site was in your femoral
(groin) vein:
▪ Do not lift more than 10 pounds for 3
days or until the wound has healed.
▪ No vigorous activity or straining for 3
days like riding a bicycle or doing sit-
ups. Walking on a flat surface for
exercise is preferred during these 3 days.
▪ Do not sit in a bathtub, hot tub, or go
into a swimming pool for 1 week or until
the site is completely healed.

If your puncture site is in your arm:
 Do not lift more than 10 pounds with
that arm.
 No vigorous activity, like golf, tennis, or
bowling, with that arm for 3 days.
 Do not soak that arm in a bath tub, hot
tub, or go swimming for 1 week, or until
site is completely healed.

If your puncture site is in your neck:
 Do not soak the site in a bath tub, hot
tub, or go swimming for 1 week, or until
site is completely healed.
 No vigorous activity or straining for 3

What to Expect
▪ Soreness or tenderness at the site that
may last 1 week.
▪ Most procedure sites do not ooze blood.
Mild oozing of blood from the site may
be present but should not soak more than
two dressing changes.
▪ Bruising at the site that may take 2-3
weeks to go away.

What to Do for Minor Pain
▪ You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol )
325mg tablets every 4-6 hours.
▪ You may place an ice pack or warm
pack over the site for 20 minutes every 2
hours. Gently wipe the site after you
remove the pack if it is wet.

When and How to Call for Help
▪ If bleeding or sudden swelling should
occur at the site, apply direct pressure.
▪ If the bleeding does not stop after 10
minutes of placing constant pressure on
the site, call 911 for help. Keep pressing
site until you get help.

Call your doctor right away if you notice:
▪ Any signs of infection including:
- Redness, swelling, or drainage at
the site.
- Prolonged pain.
- Fever over 100.4 θF for two
readings taken four hours apart.
▪ Severe pain.

Phone Numbers
UW Heart and Vascular Care Clinic: (608)
After 5 PM and before 8 AM, on weekends,
and holidays, the paging operator will
answer this number. Ask for the cardiac
(heart) doctor on call. Give your name and
phone number with the area code. The
doctor will call you back.

Return to Work

You may return to work on ___________________________________________________.

A. Medicines

Continue to take your present medicines as prescribed. Tell your doctor of any side
effects. Do not stop taking any medicine without talking to your doctor first.

Additions or changes to your medicines:
1. ________________________________________________________________________
2. ________________________________________________________________________
3. ________________________________________________________________________
4. ________________________________________________________________________
5. ________________________________________________________________________

B. Laboratory tests

1. ________________________________________________________________________
2. ________________________________________________________________________
3. ________________________________________________________________________

C. Follow-up Visits or Needs

1. ________________________________________________________________________
2. ________________________________________________________________________
3. ________________________________________________________________________

D. Your visit with Dr. ________________________ could not be scheduled. The clinic will
call you in the next few days. You should see this doctor in the next _____ weeks. If you do
not hear from the clinic in the next few days, please call (608) 263-1530 to schedule your

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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