Before Cardiac Catheterization

What should I bring with me to the hospital?
You should bring your insurance card, some form of identification, and a list of the medications and supplements you take regularly as well as the dosages. ...
Sun, 14 Jul, 2019 at 12:14 PM
Must I be accompanied by a family member or friend?
You may come to the hospital unaccompanied. You MUST be accompanied home, however. You will not be discharged until a family member or friend is with you.
Sun, 14 Jul, 2019 at 12:14 PM
May I take mass transit home after the procedure?
You may NOT go home via subway, train, or bus. You must be driven home in a car.
Sun, 14 Jul, 2019 at 12:15 PM
Will I experience pain or discomfort during the procedure?
You will be sleeping lightly during the procedure, but you might experience angina pain or slight discomfort in your chest. If this is the case, additional ...
Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 at 6:40 AM
How and when do I handle payment if I am admitted to the hospital after the procedure?
Depending on your insurance coverage, there may be an additional co-payment if you are admitted to the hospital. 
Wed, 31 Jul, 2019 at 3:09 AM
If I am admitted to the hospital after the procedure, can a family member stay overnight?
A family member is usually permitted to stay overnight with you if you are in a single room. If you are in a double room, this is usually not permitted.
Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 at 12:16 PM
What do I do if I’m not sure about my medications or develop side effects?
If you have any questions or concerns, call the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory any time at 212-241-5881 and ask to speak to a nurse practitioner. We wil...
Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 at 12:18 PM
When should I stop taking warfarin?
Stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) at least three days before your procedure date, unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. In some cases, your doctor may i...
Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 at 6:44 AM
When should I stop taking my anticoagulant?
Stop taking Pradaxa (dabigatran), Eliquis (apixaban) or Xarelto (rivaroxaban) at least 48 hours before your procedure, unless your doctor instructs you othe...
Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 at 6:44 AM
What tablets do I take the morning of the procedure?
Continue to take your prescribed medications unless your doctor has told you not to. Do not take your diuretic, insulin, or oral diabetes medications on the...
Wed, 31 Jul, 2019 at 3:00 AM