After cardiac catheterization when would the swelling go down?

Linda Martinez
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Most people experience mild swelling and soreness at the site where the catheter is introduced into the artery. This is usually the large femoral artery in the groin area or the radial artery in the wrist area. The soreness and swelling usually goes away within 48 hrs. The usual lifting restriction or strenuous activity restriction is for about 5 days (this may vary with different doctors) to allow complete healing of the affected site. Some people with groin punctures may feel a grape sized lump that will usually go away with time. 

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