Will I be awake during the catheterization and interventional procedures?

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Michael S. Chen, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
In general, yes. Most cardiologists perform catheterization and interventional procedures with conscious sedation. This generally consists of a pain medicine (opiate) intravenously such as fentanyl and a relaxing medicine (benzodiazepine) such as versed. These medicines take the edge off of things but patients are able to follow commands and answer questions. sometimes patients may be drowsy and fall asleep, but they are generally easily arousable.