After an intervention
Once the intervention has been carried out, you are monitored for a further 12 to 24 hours in an intermediary or intensive care unit. Indeed, your heart is still in a high risk period, in particular for arrhythmias. In this unit, the staff is trained and equipped to deal with these risks and to act accordingly. Because of a risk of bleeding, you will be asked to bend your leg or your arm, depending on where the catheter was inserted.
After this monitoring period, you will be transferred to hospital ward. Monitoring is continued in a less intense manner and treatment is adapted to your needs. It is in this hospital ward that you will be made aware of what lead to your health problems (your risk factors) and to the various treatments and medications that will be proposed.
Further investigations will be carried out to verify your heart function and possible complications related to the heart attack. :
No lying about!
You will begin a first phase of cardiac rehabilitation with a physiotherapist on the day of your arrival in the ward. This rehabilitation will take place progressively and will take into account your overall condition. Before you leave, we will propose that you continue with an ambulatory cardiac rehabilitation programme. This programme is fully reimbursed by health insurance and is strongly recommended.
Then there is the hospital discharge. The medical staff considers that you are fit to leave. At this stage, your medication has been adapted but there may still be some small adjustments to be made. A prescription and treatment card will be given to you, as well as an appointment to begin the cardiac rehabilitation programme.
Last modification on 15/05/2009