Q: After my stent procedure, when can I have an MRI?
A: Wait for three months before having an MRI scan.
Q: What level of activity can I resume after my stent procedure?
A: For at least one month, you should not perform any heavy physical activity.
Q: Do I need to take any additional medications after my stent procedure?
A: Take antibiotics prophylactically for dental work for three months.
Q: When can I expect to go home after my cardiac catheterization?
A: Most patients do not require pressure applied to the access site post-procedure, but may have a closure device applied instead. Patients are generally sent home two to four hours after their cardiac catheterization procedure.
Q: What medications should I avoid prior to my nuclear stress test?
A: Please take all your normal medication except these beta-blockers: Inderol, Atenolol, Tenormin, Coreg, Carvedilol, Pindolol, Lopressor, Verapamil, Cardizen, Metoprolol, Betapace, Sotalol, Toprol XL, Nadolol. You may bring any of these with you to take after the test. Please bring a list of medications you are currently taking.
A: Do not drink coffee or tea after midnight before the test. Caffeine-free soda only, and only up until two hours before the test. You may have small amounts of juice up to two hours before the test. Drink as much water as you like, anytime.
If you have a morning appointment, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., do not eat after midnight the night before the test. For late morning and afternoon appointments, 10:15 am and later, you may eat breakfast up to four hours before the test time. If you eat breakfast, it is especially important to drink approximately 24 ounces of water between breakfast and one hour before test time.