Heart &
Vascular

Preparing for Your Procedure

All appointments for cardiac catheterization are scheduled in collaboration with your doctor’s office. If you need to arrange for additional assistance because of special needs such as sight, hearing, mobility or language, please call before your procedure date to discuss or reschedule.

Before the procedure:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. 
  • On the morning of your procedure, take your medications with small sips of water. 
  • If possible, bring all your prescription medications in their original, labeled containers, including your insulin if you are on it. 
  • If you have diabetes, do not take your regular insulin shot or any diabetic medication the morning of your procedure. Consult your doctor and notify the nurse when you arrive. 
  • Leave valuables (jewelry, wallets, credit cards, etc.) at home. 
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home after your procedure. 
  • You should also make arrangements, if possible, for someone to stay home with you overnight after your test.

Medication alert:

  • Take your cardiac and blood pressure medications on your usual schedule the morning of your procedure (with small sips of water). 
  • Tell your doctor and our staff if you are allergic to any medications such as iodine, betadine or shellfish before your procedure. 
  • If you take Coumadin (Warfarin), please notify your doctor immediately. It is customary to stop taking this medication several days before the procedure. 
  • If you take Glucophage or Glucovance, notify your doctor immediately. It is customary to stop taking this medication on the day of the procedure and for 2 to 3 days afterwards. 
  • Your doctor and the hospital staff will tell you when to start taking your medications again.