Jerome Segal, M.D., P.C.

General and Interventional Cardiology

Patient Instructions

Instructions for patients undergoing In-Hospital procedures at AAMC or G.W. Hospitals

Please call the office (410-897-0822) to have them schedule your procedure at the appropriate hospital. You will need to provide our office with your personal and insurance information. Pre-authorization for your procedure may be required by your insurance carrier and we will help obtain this for you.


Pack a small overnight bag in case you need to spend the night in the hospital. Leave all valuables at home. Pack your contact lenses (with solution) and eye glasses if you wish to view the pictures during the procedure.

 

If the procedure is scheduled prior to noon, do not eat or drink after midnight.

 

If the procedure is scheduled for the afternoon, you are allowed to have an early liquid breakfast (juice, tea, broth, water, etc.) prior to 7 a.m.

Take your usual medications on the morning of the procedure-with the exceptions below. Medications may be taken with sips of water on the morning of the procedure.

 

If you are taking a medication called Coumadin (Warfarin). YOU MUST STOP TAKING THE MEDICATION FOR TWO DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE.


If taking a medication called Metformin or other oral hypoglycemic agents (Glucophage/Metformin) for your diabetes YOU MUST STOP TAKING THE MEDICATION FOR 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE.


If you are taking Insulin for your diabetes, you may use 1/2 your normal morning dose. Please check your blood sugar prior to leaving home. If your glucose level is less than 90, you may take clear liquids such as juices prior to leaving home.

If you have a history of either inravenous dye allergy or shellfish allergy, please let our office know in advance. We will call in a prescription to your local pharmacy for drugs for you to take on the evening prior to and the morning of your procedure to prevent any allergic reaction.

 

If you need directions to the hospital, please let us know and we will provide them for for. You must arrive at the facility TWO HOURS before the scheduled time of the procedure. Make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you home. There is a waiting area provided for their use.


If you are given lab results and Electrocardiogram (EKG) by your doctor, please be sure to give them to the nurse when you arrive. Also, bring all your regular medicines (or at least a list) with you.

 

Please call us if you have any questions.

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