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Mountain States Cardiology
Preparing for Your Cardiac Procedure
at IPMC



Indian Path Medical Center
2000 Brookside Drive
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

Phone: (423) 857-7000

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I nvasive Procedures

Noninvasive Procedures


Invasive Procedures

Cardiac Catheterization

  • Patient is admitted to Short Stay 2 hours prior to the procedure for registration, admission assessment, EKG, Labs, and procedure prep.
  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids the night before the procedure (unless fluid restriction).
  • Ask your physician about what medicines you should take prior to the procedure.
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home.
  • Bring a list of current medications you are taking.
  • Bring an overnight bag, in the event you will be admitted to the hospital.

Cardioversion

  • Admitted to Short Stay 2 hours prior to the procedure for registration, admission assessment, EKG, labs, and procedure prep.
  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids the night before the procedure (unless fluid restriction).
  • Ask your physician about what medicines you should take prior to the procedure.
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home.
  • Bring a list of current medications you are taking.
  • Bring an overnight bag, in the event you will be admitted to the hospital.

Pacemaker Implant

  • Admitted to Short Stay 2 hours prior to the procedure for registration, admission assessment, EKG, labs, and procedure prep.
  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids the night before the procedure (unless fluid restriction).
  • Ask your physician about what medicines you should take prior to the procedure.
  • Bring a list of current medications you are taking.
  • Bring an overnight bag, you will be admitted to the hospital.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator /Generator Change Out

  • Admitted to Short Stay 2 hours prior to the procedure for registration, admission assessment, EKG, labs, and procedure prep.
  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids the night before the procedure (unless fluid restriction).
  • Ask your physician about what medicines you should take prior to the procedure.
  • Bring a list of current medications you are taking.
  • Bring an overnight bag, you will be admitted to the hospital.

Noninvasive Procedures

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test time for registration
  • Wear short sleeves, no sweatshirts or tight-sleeved clothing
  • Test will take about 1 hour to complete

Echo, Carotid Ultrasound, Arterial or Venous Doppler, ABI

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test for registration
  • Wear 2 piece clothing
  • No diet restrictions, unless you are having another test which requires restriction of food or drink
  • Each of these tests may take up to an hour to complete.  If you have multiple procedures, plan for an hour for each

EKG

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test time for registration
  • Wear 2 piece clothing
  • Test will take about 30 minutes to complete

Event Monitor

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test time for registration
  • Wear 2 piece clothing
  • Test will take about 1 hour to complete

Holter Monitor

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to test time for registration
  • Shower or bathe before the test (the monitor stays on for 24-48 hrs)
  • Wear 2 piece clothing
  • Test will take about 1 hour to complete

Stress Test

  • Arrive 2 hours prior to the procedure for registration, prep and resting films
  • Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the test—NO CAFFIENE for 24 hrs prior to test.  Drink plenty of fluids the night before the test
  • Ask your physician about what medicines you should take prior to the test
  • Bring shoes (not sandals or slip-on) wear comfortable 2 piece clothing
  • Test may take up to 6 hours to complete

Tilt Table

  • NOTHING to drink or eat 6 hours prior to test. Drink plenty of fluids the night before the test
  • Need to have a driver to take patient home
  • Test may take up to 3 hours to complete
  • Wear 2 piece clothing