Patient Information

Your First Visit

Pre-Op Instructions

The Texas Cardiac & Vascular Institute takes pride in providing the highest level of patient care possible. Since each patient is unique, we will provide every patient with instructions specific to your procedure and medical history.

Here are some items to remember to bring to any procedure:

  • Driver’s License or other valid photo ID
  • Insurance Card
  • Means of payment, if indicated
  • Any X-Rays, MRI Films, CT Scans or EMG, if applicable
  • Any pertinent medical history (i.e. lab results)
  • Appropriate clothing such as slip on shoes (no pantyhose or high heeled shoes) and loose clothing with openings that can accommodate dressings
  • A family member or friend to drive you home
  • All medications you are currently taking

We ask that you please:

  • Be on time. You may be asked to arrive 1-2 hours before your procedure time, so make sure to double check your arrival time.
  • Bathe or shower to reduce the chance of infection.
  • Remove dentures or bridgework (if possible).
  • If you are diabetic, please bring your equipment for measuring your blood sugar.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lens, bring your case and solution to store them during the procedure. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding any medications you take.
  • Family and friends are urged to remain on facility grounds during the procedure — please have them notify us, if they plan to leave.
We ask that you please DO NOT:
  • Do not eat or drink anything – even water – after midnight unless otherwise instructed by your physician. Your procedure may be cancelled or delayed if you have consumed any food or fluids.
  • Do not bring gum, mints, or hard candies.
  • Do not smoke for 24-48 hours before your procedure.
  • Do not bring valuables, including jewelry, cell phones, electronic devices, and wallets.
  • Do not have more than two adults accompany you.
  • Only one adult at a time may be allowed to visit a patient before and after the procedure.

When to call your doctor or nurse:

For questions or problems related to your procedure, please call your physician’s office. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. 

Please call immediately if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Bleeding from the access site
  • Numbness, tingling or color change in the leg or arm used for puncture site
  • Fever, 101 degrees or more
  • Shaking chills
  • Blood in your bowel movement or urine
  • Uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
  • Uncontrolled diarrhea
  • Drowsiness, confusion, or an inability to awaken
  • Redness, swelling, heat, drainage from any wound or venous access device or any disruptions at the puncture site