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Can I resume normal activity after cardiac catheterization?

After your cardiac catheterization, you will meet with the staff to review your medications and treatment plan before you leave. It is very important for you and your family to understand these instructions.

Do not drive after your cardiac catheterization. The night of the catheterization, you should relax and have a quiet evening at home either lying down in bed or reclining in a comfortable chair.

Next morning:
  • You may shower.
  • Restart your normal daily activities; slowly start to do more each day.
  • Do not do any strenuous activity like aerobics, running, or weight lifting until your doctor says it's OK.

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