Preparing for Your Catheterization Procedure

NYU Langone’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory offers a variety of catheter-based diagnostic and therapeutic treatments. If you’re coming to us for a procedure, here is what you need to know before you have the procedure, and what you can expect after it is over.

Cardiologists Dr. Craig Thompson and Dr. Michael Attubato

Interventional cardiologists Dr. Craig A. Thompson and Dr. Michael J. Attubato review a patient's heart images before a procedure.

The Day of the Procedure

Take your normal medications with water when you wake up, unless your doctor has told you not to. If you have diabetes, please ask your doctor for instructions about your medications.

Do not eat or drink anything in the morning unless your doctor or nurse tells you otherwise.

Go to the admitting area on the 13th floor of the Schwartz Health Care Center (HCC) building. Please bring the following items with you:

  • all medications in their bottles or a list of all medications with dosages
  • insurance card(s)
  • photo identification, such as a driver’s license or state identification card

Please be sure to tell the admitting nurse if you have any allergies to medications, an allergy to or have had a reaction to intravenous (IV) dye, or kidney disease.

Just before the procedure, you are brought to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Your family is asked to stay in the waiting area on the 13th floor of the Schwartz Health Care Center next to the Admitting Department. Please leave all valuables, including money and jewelry, at home.

You should expect a phone call the day before the procedure from a licensed provider who will provide additional information for your visit.

After Your Procedure

The doctor speaks with a family member in the waiting area as soon as the procedure is over. If you want your doctor to speak with someone else, please let staff know when you first arrive.

You then recover at NYU Langone’s Jean and David Blechman Cardiac and Vascular Center for two to six hours before being discharged. We encourage you and your loved ones to bring a book, newspaper, or magazine to keep busy while you wait. Depending on the kind of catheterization you are having, you may stay overnight. We recommend having an adult bring you home if you go home the same day.

When you are ready to leave the hospital, you are given instructions about your medication. This may include new prescriptions that your doctor has given you. You are also told when to follow up with your doctor.