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Patient Information for Cardiac Catheterization

If your physician feels that a cardiac catheterization is needed, he or she will refer you for the test. Prior to the procedure, you will be sent for pre-admission testing where you will have blood work done, an EKG (electrocardiogram), a physical exam and a review of your medical history. A chest x-ray may be needed, if you have not had one in the past year. The pre-admission testing will last for about two hours. You may eat, drink and take your medications as you normally do. If you take Coumadin (warafin) or glucaphage (metformin), please inform the staff when scheduling your pre-admission testing. You will be able to drive home from your pre-admission testing. However, on the day of your catheterization, you should arrange for a ride home from the hospital. (This process may be done differently at each site.)

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