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What should I do before having pericardiocentesis?

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Your doctor or nurse will tell you what you can and can’t eat or drink before it.

  • Ask your doctor what medications should be taken on the day of your procedure.
  • If you have diabetes, ask your doctor how to adjust your meds the day of your test.
  • Tell your doctor and nurses if you are allergic to anything.
  • Bring all your medicines and any previous test results.
  • You may be admitted to the hospital afterward.
  • Bring someone with you to take you home.

SOURCES: 

Encyclopedia of Surgery: ''Pericardiocentesis.'' 

University of Pennsylvania Health System: ''Pericardiocentesis.''

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

SOURCES: 

Encyclopedia of Surgery: ''Pericardiocentesis.'' 

University of Pennsylvania Health System: ''Pericardiocentesis.''

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

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