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angioplasty post operative care

Our nurses are experienced in providing a complete range of nursing care specializations, including nursing care for Angioplasty

angioplasty post operative care

Our nurses are experienced in providing a complete range of nursing care specializations, including nursing care for  Angioplasty

angioplasty post operative nursing care

Angioplasty Post Operative Care in Your Home


Angioplasty Interventional procedure might be carried out from the femoral artery in the groin or the region on the top of your thigh or from the radial artery in your arm. After discharge from hospital, there will be a bandage dressing at the catheter insertion site. The afternoon following the procedure, you might simply moisten the dressing and take it off.


Once the bandage is removed, please cover the region with a tiny adhesive bandage. It is common for the catheter insertion site to have a blue and black bruise. The site might also be somewhat bloated and pink with a little lump at the site.


Wash the catheter insertion site at least once a day with water and soap. While cleaning the insertion site, use water without rubbing. Keep the place dry and clean while showering. Don not use creams, lotions or ointment on the wound. Wear loose clothing and loose panties and do not use a bathtub soak, float at a pool or pond for a week.

Overall Guidelines


The Cardiologist will let you know when to resume activities. Generally, you will have to keep resting and overall activity low for the first two weeks of post op care angioplasty period as you will feel feeble and tired. Take walks a few times during the day.


For Femoral Procedure


  • During the first 3 to 4 days of the post op care angioplasty, do not strain during bowel movements to prevent bleeding from the catheter insertion site.
  • Avoid heavy lifting greater than 10 pounds and pushing or pulling heavy items in the first 5 to 7 days following the procedure.
  • Do not take part in strenuous activities for 5 days following the procedure. This includes sports – bowling, golf, playing tennis, and running.
  • Do not use a lawn mower, bike, etc for 48 hours.
  • You can climb stairs if desired but walk up and down the stairs more slowly than normal.
  • Gradually increase your activities till you achieve your usual activity level within a week following the process.


Things to Expect at Home


During the period of your post op care angioplasty, expect to have a bruise or stained region at the site of catheter insertion. At precisely the exact same site, there can also be a little lump which shouldn’t get larger, soreness when stress is applied and maybe one or two drops of release. You may feel slimmer than normal sometimes. If your procedure has been performed while you had a heart attack, the fatigue will last more – generally for six months, the period it typically requires recovery after a heart attack.

  • Should you feel chest discomfort like you felt prior to the process or during it while the balloon catheter was inflated in your arteries.
  • When the wound on your arm or leg site gets larger, turns reddish, drains a thick yellow/brown substance or is debilitating, even without any pressure. If the lump is leaking blood, it might be an indication that the hole isn’t curing.
  • If there is fever or should you experience swelling at the site of catheter insertion


Cardiac Rehabilitation Basics


Your Cardiologist will refer you to a cardiac rehabilitation program — such programs are often offered at hospitals or you can do these from your own house by calling in a physiotherapist from our centre. The time you’ll spend in rehabilitation will depend on your needs, and you get a personalized physical activity program. Training generally starts with light exercises and you will gradually build up to more intense aerobic activity.


You may also engage a dietitian in cardiac rehabilitation for working out a healthy eating plan and obtain help. Your program will also include advice and education to help understand how to manage your heart condition, and you will get support and training to help resume normal activities. Every patient is different, and each treatment plan is personalized.

Healthy Heart Exercise Tips


When your doctor gives you the go-ahead to exercise on your own, here are a few tips for safely staying fit


  • After eating, wait at least 90 minutes before exercise.
  • Mandatory 5 minutes warm up before aerobics.
  • Start slowly and increase your activity level gradually.
  • Dress according to weather and “always” stay hydrated
  • Take 5 minutes to cool down after exercise before you sit — otherwise, you may feel light-headed or heart palpitations.
  • If fatigued or short of breath when exercising, stop the activity, and see a doctor as soon as possible. If you experience chest pain, stop exercising immediately and go to the emergency.

Such tips once implemented in your post op care of angioplasty, these become starting points for making lifestyle changes for heart health improvement.


The Benefits of Exercise After Angioplasty


If you do not exercise and eat a healthy diet , you can put your heart health at risk. Exercise can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, but the benefits do not stop there.  Exercise also does the following


  • Strengthens the entire cardiovascular system
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases nitric oxide absorption, aiding in widening blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
  • Mobilizes cells in the body that help repair damage caused by previously hardened arteries.

Finding Exercises that Works for Your Angioplasty Post Operative Care


There are many good exercise options to consider when you’re ready to start being active as part of your cardiac rehab after angioplasty. Walking, running, weightlifting, and any activity that raises heart rate and increases cardiovascular fitness can be safe after recovery from  angioplasty.


An important part of creating your exercise plan is to select the activities you find enjoyable and set reasonable goals so you are more likely to continue them.


Use these questions to find the best alternatives


  • Do you get bored easily? If so, choose an activity that offers a lot of options. For example, running and cycling can be done at many different speeds and inclines — you can mix it up and change the scenery easily. Or join a gym and sample a range of workout options and exercise classes.
  • Are you self-conscious? If you do not like the idea of working out in front of a lot of people, you do not necessarily need to join a gym but exercise at home instead.
  • Does your motivation fizzle out too fast? If you need motivation, work out with a personal trainer or ask a friend to exercise with you. Including someone else in your fitness plans can help keep you motivated and stay on track with your goals.

Make a list of all exercise options that appeal the most to you and discuss them with your doctor. Once you have the green light to get active, you can start to reap the benefits of a lifestyle that puts heart health first.

As the patient recovery is ensured by a postoperative nursing care, postoperative care is a vital element of the curing process. Post-operative care for individuals might be easy and may be short term or long term or may entail procedure for a few.


In case of long term post-operative care, a patient is much better off within the warmth or home rather than in a hospital. Aiding this kind of care is something that we provide from our home care nursing services. As a part of our services, our group of nurses and other caregivers, would come and see you and offer care. In some cases, the nurse may remain with the individual for 24*7 monitoring and attention.


Therefore, if you require nursing care in your home, look no further and trust your loved ones’ care to Care24 and we guarantee a satisfactory and quick recovery of the individual in the most effective and fastest way possible.

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Frequently Asked questions

  • When recovering from an illness or surgery, you look forward to returning to your own home and recuperating in an environment where you are comfortable, relaxed and safe. This is made possible with our in-home nursing services.
  • Care needs of those who are advanced in age and are unable to take care of themselves can be an overwhelming task for the rest of the family members. This often leads to the thought that a nursing home/care home is the only practical option left.
  • Complex care needs might make one want to consider moving to a nursing home to recover under the watch of trained professionals. Our in-home nursing services can help you recover in the comfort of your own home.
    Our in-home nursing services will help smoothen-out the transition from Hospital to Home
  • Recovery in familiar surroundings, surrounded by family, is proven to be quicker
  • Our nurses take care of your complex needs while helping you maintain your independence, lifestyle and daily routine.
  • Home care nursing helps those advanced in age too; for them home is where all their memories are, where their children and grand-children live. It is the place they feel needed and loved.
    With our home care nursing services, you can provide the best care for your loved one in the family home, without making any extra demands of your family members.

Care24’s trained nurses provide high quality home care nursing services for hospital like care at home. Whether you are looking for simple support in doing everyday tasks when recovering or need complex care that can be daunting for family members to undertake. Our nurses are highly trained medical professionals capable of providing hospital-like care in the comfort of your own home.

Our nurses are experienced in providing a complete range of nursing care specializations:

  • Taking medicines on time, monitoring blood pressure and other vitals, and fixing a diet plan
  • Oral and personal hygiene, feeding and bathroom assistance, or assistance with mobility
  • Caring and dressing wounds, handling IV infusions and other medical equipment, emptying catheter bags, colostomy bags and bed pans
  • Our nurses (females) or brothers (males) are highly qualified, experienced, and capable of providing hospital like nursing care in the comfort of your own home. All our Nurses go through a rigorous background check, a written exam and trained in all medical procedures that are listed below to ensure you get expert & professional in-home nursing services.
  • Our Nurses are medically qualified with BSc, GNM, or ANM degrees, and many years of experience with leading hospitals. Since each case is unique and may require specific skills, we also ensure that we identify and deploy which nurse will be best for your need.
  • Our nurses and brothers are discreet, and sensitive to the emotional and physical needs of the patient and other family members. Our Nurses are familiar with following a physician’s instructions when caring for a patient and empathic to offer encouragement and support to those who require our nursing care services.

You can fill a request form on our website or download our app and simply click a button to request a Nurse.

Provide us with medical details of the patient who needs nursing care, the tasks the nurse needs to do, the duration for which you need our in-home nursing services and your preferences of gender or language if any.

Our team will connect with you to confirm your requirement and send a nurse to take care of the patient. All our nurses are uniformed and carry identification to help you know that you are indeed letting a trained professional from Care24 into your home.

coronary artery

The heart muscle receives oxygen-rich blood through the coronary arteries. Over time, the inner lining of these arteries becomes thick and rigid and may get blocked by cholesterol plaques. These plaques are mainly made up of calcium and cholesterol, along with other substances that float in the blood.

The plaques narrow the inside of the arteries and block them either partially or completely. This condition is called as coronary artery disease (CAD). If the heart muscle does not receive enough blood supply, these blockages can cause a heart attack or myocardial infarction.

The commonest symptom of a heart attack is Angina or chest pain. The patient may complain of one or more of the following sensation in the chest area:

The pain might radiate into the left lower jaw, left upper back or left arm. Angina is often mistaken for heartburn and indigestion. Experiencing chest pain that lasts longer than a few minutes, and typically reduces on taking rest is a sign of impending heart attack and thus, a medical emergency.

heart attack

Rush the patient with the chest pain to the closest hospital or a certified healthcare provider. An angiography is performed to identify the blockages in the heart’s arteries. If blockages are detected, then either an angioplasty or a cardiac bypass is suggested by the physician.

An angioplasty is a short procedure, lasting about 30-90 minutes.

Nowadays, various types of stents are available. The stent may be a plain metal stent or one that is coated with a drug to keep the blood vessel patent.

balloon angioplasty

Recovery after the procedure is quick. You will be shifted to the recovery room and usually discharged after a night’s stay for observation in the hospital. Avoid driving and exercise for a few days, and consult your doctor about what activities you are allowed to do.

You will have to take Aspirin and other anti-platelet drugs for about a year, followed by aspirin daily to prevent a stroke or heart attack. Your doctor will explain these to you during discharge from the hospital.

This is a multidisciplinary program where doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, psychologists, and nutritionists work with you, in order to help you stay fit after the procedure. It includes lifestyle changes, counseling, diet monitoring, and a tailor made exercise program, which includes low impact aerobics, swimming, cycling on a stationary bike, and walking. It is adjusted according to your needs. This will prevent formation of new blockages and worsening of any minor existing ones.

A heart attack does not always mean the end of life. With the right treatment and a change in lifestyle, diet, and exercise, it could be the beginning of a new, healthier chapter in your life.