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Will I be asleep?   No. We give a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic). This is called conscious sedation.

Why is it so cold in the procedure room?  The procedure room is kept cool for the maintenance of the equipment and supplies, as well as the comfort of the procedural team who are required to wear lead aprons, hats, gowns and gloves to perform each procedure. The catheterization  lab team will provide you with warm blankets, and a heater to keep you comfortable during your procedure.

How long does the procedure take?  The typical diagnostic cardiac catheterization takes 45 minutes to an hour. Following  the procedure, you will be required to lie flat for 1 to 2 hours. 

Will it hurt?  Lidocaine is used to numb the site where the catheters will enter the body. This usually feels like a needle stick and a little burning as the medication goes in.  

Do I have to spend the night?  If your diagnostic procedure results don't require additional intervention, a patient undergoing an out patient catheterization will not need to spend the night.

When can I eat?  You will be able to eat at the point of your recovery when you can sit up. Usually 1 to 2 hours following your procedure.  However, you will be able to have something to drink immediately following your procedure.