Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) or
Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure
in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Caring for Yourself at Home
You had an ASD or PFO closure on _________________ through the
right / left femoral vein
Care of the incision
▪ You may shower 24 hours after the
closure. Remove the Band-Aid® over
the site before taking a shower.
▪ Gently clean the site with soap and
water. Pat it dry. Cover the site with a
band aid. Do this for three days.
▪ Keep the site clean and dry.
Activities for the next 5 days
▪ Do not sit in a bathtub, hot tub, or go
into a swimming pool.
▪ Do not lift more than 10 pounds.
▪ Do not strain.
▪ No vigorous activity.
▪ You should be able to eat normally the
morning after the procedure.
▪ If feeling well the night of the procedure
you may eat and drink.
▪ You may not feel hungry or feel
nauseous the night of the procedure.
This is to be expected and will get better.
We suggest a light diet the night of the
procedure if hungry.
What to expect
▪ Soreness or tenderness at the site. This
may last for one week.
▪ Small amount of bloody drainage at the
▪ There may be a bruise at the site. This
could take 2-3 weeks to go away.
What to do for minor pain
▪ You may take either Tylenol every 4-6
hours or Motrin /Ibuprofen every 6-8
When and who to call
Call for emergency help:
▪ If bleeding or sudden swelling should
occur at the site. Apply direct pressure
to the site and call for help. Continue to
hold pressure until you get help.
▪ If your leg becomes numb, cold, or turns
blue or you have severe pain.
Call the doctor right away if:
▪ You have any signs of infection.
▪ You have severe pain.
▪ You have chest pain, palpitations or
increased shortness of breath.
Signs and symptoms of infection
▪ Redness, swelling or drainage at the site
▪ Prolonged pain
▪ Fever over 101 θ F for two readings taken
4 hours apart
Return to work/school
You may return to work/school on
You will need to take baby aspirin every day
for the next 6 months or longer. Some
patients also take Plavix® (clopidogrel). For
the next 6 months, you will need to take
antibiotics before certain medical
procedures. Your doctor will make the
decision if you are to keep taking these
medicines beyond the 6 months
Keep taking your present medicines as
prescribed. Tell your doctor if you have
any side effects. Do not stop taking aspirin
or Plavix® (clopidogrel) without consulting
your cardiologist first.
Other instructions and follow-up plans
You will have a follow up cardiology visit
with echocardiogram and ECG at 1 and 6
months after the procedure to assess the
device and your heart function.
UW/AFCH Pediatric and Adult
Congenital Cardiology Clinic:
After hours, nights, weekends, and holidays,
the paging operator will answer this number.
Ask for the pediatric cardiologist on call.
Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you
If you live out of the area, call
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
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