Preparing for a Cardiac Test

If you are scheduled for a procedure in our Cardiac Catheterization or Electrophysiology Lab, here are some things to remember:
  • You are asked to arrive approximately two hours prior to your scheduled procedure. Procedure times are approximate times and dependent on the length of time your physician needs to complete each procedure.
  • To prepare for your test, do not drink or eat anything for six hours prior to your scheduled time.
    • If you are scheduled in the morning please do not eat are drink anything after midnight.
    • If you are scheduled after 1 p.m., you may have a small breakfast prior to 7 a.m. but then do not eat or drink.
  • Continue to take your scheduled medications with a small sip of water.  If you take any of the following medications, please check with your doctor for instructions prior to the arrival:
    • Coumadin or Warfarin
    • Diabetic Medications – both oral agents and insulin.
  • Let your physician know if you have had a history of contrast or “dye” allergy or if you have had an allergic reaction to shellfish. It maybe necessary to pretreat you for this procedure. 
  • Let your physician know if you have been told that you have kidney problems so that you can be pretreated for this condition.
  • Bring a friend or family member along for support. We will keep them apprised of your condition during your stay in our lab. If sedation is given during the procedure, it will be necessary to have someone drive you home.
  • Some procedures require that you spend the night in order to assure that you are recovering appropriately.  Be prepared to spend the night if further treatment for your condition is required.
  • Please bring a list of all medications that you are taking to the hospital.  We will need the name, dose, and frequency that you take these medications.  It is important to know this information to continue your care.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 314-996-3627 or contact us online.

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