Preparation

If you have emergency angioplasty with stent, you may have little time, if any, to get ready. If your angioplasty with stent is prescheduled, make sure to give your doctor the following information:

  • All the medications you take, including vitamins and dietary supplements and the dosages for each
  • Any allergies you have, especially to x-ray dye
  • Tell the doctor if you’re pregnant or taking medication for erectile dysfunction.

You can also expect to have some routine tests such as a chest x-ray and electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). Typically, you’ll be told not to drink anything for 6-8 hours before the tests. If you’re given medication, you’ll be told to take it with small sips of water.

Guidelines for the actual procedure include:

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions about pre-procedure eating and drinking. Most commonly you’ll be told not to eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the procedure.
  • You may also be instructed to stop taking certain medications, particularly blood thinners or diabetes medications, at some point before your procedure. Do not stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor.
  • Put all your medications into a container and bring them with you to the hospital or medical center.
  • Plan for how you will get home. Most people who have angioplasty with stent stay in the hospital at least overnight, and you won’t be able to drive for a while.
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