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This leaflet provides discharge advice for patients following coronary angioplasty: femoral approach.
A small hole was made in the artery in the groin going down to the leg, which seals itself after the catheter is taken out. An Angio Seal may have been used to close the puncture site.
If you have an Angio Seal card, keep it with you for the next 90 days. If by any chance you come to hospital it will be very useful.
Observe the area for signs of infection. This may present as a hard, tender swelling around the incision with redness and increase in pain. Please contact us if this occurs (see below for details).
In the highly unlikely situation of your wound starting to bleed, lie down flat and get a family member or friend to apply pressure on and above the bleeding area. The pressure should be applied for 10 minutes without peeping. This is the time a clot will take to form. If you release the pressure before 10 minutes the clot is unlikely to form. If the bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes, call an ambulance immediately.
If you have any concerns about your groin site, or specific to your cardiac procedure during your first week at home, please call the Cardiac Care Unit on 01273 696955, extension 64484. You can call this number anytime.
For more general concerns please speak to your GP.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information here is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: January 2022
Review Date: October 2024