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What To Expect Before Cardiac Catheterization

Before having cardiac catheterization, discuss with your doctor:

  • How to prepare for the procedure
  • Any medicines you're taking, and whether you should stop taking them before the procedure
  • Whether you have any conditions (such as diabetes or kidney disease) that may require taking extra steps during or after the procedure to avoid problems

Your doctor will let you know whether you need to arrange for a ride home after the procedure.

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