Two versus six hours of bed rest following left-sided cardiac catheterization and a meta-analysis of early ambulation trials

Am J Cardiol. 1999 Aug 15;84(4):486-8, A10. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(99)00344-6.


The present study and associated meta-analysis shows that 6 hours of bed rest after outpatient cardiac catheterization offers no advantage over 2 hours of bed rest with respect to groin bleeding complications. The occasional bleeding observed occurred shortly after ambulation rather than after discharge.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures* / statistics & numerical data
  • Bed Rest*
  • Cardiac Catheterization / methods*
  • Cardiac Catheterization / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires