When can I resume activity after angioplasty for peripheral artery disease?

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Most patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) who are treated with angioplasty and stenting are discharged from the hospital 12 to 24 hours after the catheter is removed. Many patients are able to return to work within a few days to a week after a procedure. Always follow your doctor’s instructions about the activity level appropriate for you.
Once you leave the hospital, your post-procedure care will be two-fold: 
  • You will need to take care of yourself by taking medication exactly as prescribed, as well as making lifestyle changes such as exercising, improving your diet, and quitting smoking if you smoke.
  • You should also have at least one follow-up appointment with your treating interventional cardiologist or another qualified specialist if you are not able to return to your treating physician. At this appointment, your interventional cardiologist will examine the catheter insertion site to be sure it is healing properly.

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