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After Coronary Angioplasty and Intravascular Stent Placement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.


After coronary angioplasty and intravascular stent placement

, your healthcare provider may give you specific instructions to follow while you heal. You will also need to care for the catheter site to prevent infection and help it heal.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your cardiologist or doctor if:


You may need any of the following:

Apply firm, steady pressure if bleeding continues:

A small amount of bleeding from the catheter site is possible. Apply pressure with a clean gauze or towel for 5 to 10 minutes. Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if bleeding becomes heavy or does not stop.

Care for the catheter site:

Most bandages can be removed the day after your procedure. Gently clean the catheter site with soap and water. Do not rub the site. Do not take a bath, swim, or get in a hot tub until your healthcare provider says these are okay. If you need to cough, support the catheter site with your hand.


Rest for 1 or 2 days after your procedure. Slowly start to do more each day. Take walks around your house. Make a plan for rest during the day. Your provider will tell you when you can drive, go back to work, or do other activities.

Activity limits after wrist insertion:

Activity limits help reduce pressure on your catheter site and prevent bleeding. Follow these guidelines for 1 week, or as directed:

Activity limits after groin insertion:

Activity limits help reduce pressure on your catheter site and prevent bleeding. Follow these guidelines for as long as shown below, or as directed.

Drink liquids as directed:

Drink extra liquids if contrast liquid was used during your procedure. Liquid will help flush the contrast out of your body. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

Do not smoke:

Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and cigars can cause heart, lung, and blood vessel damage. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help to quit. E-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco still contain nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use these products.

Go to cardiac rehabilitation (rehab), if directed:

Your cardiologist may recommend that you attend cardiac rehab. This is a program run by specialists who will help you safely strengthen your heart and reduce the risk for more heart disease. The plan includes exercise, relaxation, stress management, and heart-healthy nutrition. Healthcare providers will also check to make sure any medicines you are taking are working.

Stent safety:

Follow up with your cardiologist or doctor as directed:

You may need more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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