How to Prepare for Angioplasty & Vascular Stenting

Tell your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or to contrast materials (also known as "dye" or "X-ray dye"). Your doctor may ask you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.

Also inform your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.

Women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

In most cases, you may take your usual medications, especially blood pressure medications. These may be taken with some water in the morning before your procedure.

You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for several hours before your procedure. If instructed to not eat, you may not eat for eight hours before your exam. You may have clear liquids up until four hours before your procedure.

You may need to stay overnight at the hospital following your procedure.

You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.