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A small hole was made in the artery by the wrist, which seals itself after the catheter is taken out.
In the highly unlikely situation of your wound starting to bleed, use your thumb to press hard over the dressing. This should stop the bleeding in ten minutes. Then keep your arm rested on a pillow for an hour. If the bleeding does not stop after ten minutes continue to press on the wound site and get someone to call the ambulance service. Tell them that you are bleeding and that you have had a coronary angioplasty.
A detailed report will be sent to your GP.
If you have any concerns about your wound site, or specific to your cardiac procedure during your first week at home, please call the Cardiac Care Unit on 01273 696955, extension 4484. You can call this number anytime.
For more general concerns please speak to your GP.
We recognise that coming to hospital can sometimes be difficult and we are here to help, should you need it.
If you have any issues or concerns about your care it is always best to speak initially to the person in charge of the ward or department. If you’re not happy with their response, please do get in touch with PALS.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: August 2020
Review Date: May 2023