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Heart Patient Information

Heart Patient Information

Pre-Admission Testing

Prior to your cardiovascular procedure you will receive a phone call from the St. Mary Access Department to gather  health insurance and registration information.  At that time you will schedule an appointment for Pre-Admission Test (PAT).During your PAT appointment, our Clinical Staff will obtain a health history from you and perform a physical examination, which will include an EKG, a chest X-ray, and blood work.  Please allow for two hours to complete your PAT visit.

You may take your regular medications on the day of your pre-admission testing.
Exception: Diabetic patients who are fasting should no take their anti-hyperglycemic medications.

For Pre-Admission Testing you will need to bring:

  • List of medications and dosages that you are presently taking (including over-the-counter and herbal medications).
  • List of allergies and the reactions you’ve had to  those medications.

Reminder: Bring this list with you on the day of Pre-Admission Testing and when you report to the Cardiology department.

The Night Before Your Procedure:

You will receive a phone call from your designated cardiology testing area (either Cardiac Cath Lab or EP Lab) between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. one working day before your scheduled procedure date.  Phone calls for Monday procedures will be made on Friday.

During this phone call, the nurse will instruct you where and when you are to report for your procedure.  The nurse will review with you what medicines to take the morning of your procedure and will answer any question  that you may have.  If you will not be ;home during this time period, Please call our scheduling coordinator before 4 p.m. at 215-710-2234.  Your call will be directed to the Charge Nurse in the area of your procedure.  Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.

We attempt to run a prompt and efficient schedule, but unforeseen circumstances can affect Cardiovascular Procedure schedules, which may cause delays in procedure times.  Your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

The Day Of Your Procedure:

You will not be permitted to drive for 24 to 48 hours after your procedure.  You will need to have a designated driver to take you home from the hospital.

Patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on the day of the procedure.  The parent or guardian is required to stay on the hospital grounds during the procedure.

Please leave all valuables at home.  Bring an overnight bag and be prepared to stay overnight.

If you wear glasses or hearing aides, please bring them with you.

Report to the Registration area as instructed during your pre-procedure phone call.  You will then be escorted to the Pre-Procedure Unit, where you will meet with a Nurse Practitioner who will review the procedure with you, answer your questions, and ask you to sign a consent form.  During this preparation time, you will meet with multiple members of the Cardiovascular Team who are responsible for your comfort and care.