Is bruising normal after cardiac catheterization?

A small - and sometimes larger - bruise is normal.

Cardiac catheterization is usually a very safe procedure, complications occur on rare occasions. The apparition of a small or sometimes a larger bruise is normal. In the area where the doctor inserted the catheter, you might notice a bruise which is caused by blood that has escaped from the vessel under the skin. It may take a few weeks for this to completely disappear.

Call your doctor if the following symptoms occur:

  • bleeding,
  • drainage,
  • painful swelling where the catheter was inserted, 
  • the leg or arm in which the catheter was inserted feels weakened or numb.

It is recommended to call 911 if the area where the doctor inserted the catheter swells up very fast or if the bleeding from that area does not slow down when you firmly press on it.

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