Children's Heart Center

The Night Before Your Cardiac Catheterization Procedure

Instructions to be followed before your cardiac catheterization:

  • Bath or shower with soap. Wash the area between your bellybutton and knees thoroughly.
  • If groin hair is present, shave both sides of groin.
  • Eat anything you would like for dinner.
  • Do not eat or drink after the designated time.
  • Plan to arrive at the designated time so the procedure can proceed as scheduled.
  • If you'll be staying overnight, pack a bag with a change of clothes.
  • Bring your favorite toy, blanket, books, or music. CDs are permitted in the cath lab.
  • Relax.

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