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Is bruising normal after cardiac catheterization?

A small or slightly 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 catheter was inserted, you might notice a bruise which is caused by blood that has escaped from a vessel. 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 the arm with the catheter 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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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/