I left home at 6:30 a.m., and arrived at the heart clinic at 7:30. After signing lots of paperwork, I was taken to the cath room where I was gowned, assigned a gurney to lie upon, an I.V. was started in my left hand, and I waited for my alloted procedure. At last about 10:30, I was taken to the room where the cath would be performed. Immediately I was introduced to my nurse and the tech people who soon began the process. The tech stretched out my right arm and taped my right hand to a board of some kind. After much small talk I gradually got sleepy, and the last thing I noted was a welcome “hello” from my cardiologist. She inserted the catheter into my right wrist artery and began to explore my cardiac arteries.
Later I awoke back in the cath room where a light meal was waiting for me. For some strange reason I was starved and ate everything on the tray. I was briefed by the cardiologist that the cath test showed no blockages or problems. Praise the Lord! I waited the determined time, which amounted to about 3 hours, got dressed and went home. The site where the catheter was inserted was bandaged and would be kept that way for three days.
The test was much less stressful than I ever imagined. If you ever need to have a heart cath, by all means get it done. It is painless, quick, and gives you much peace of mind.