The purpose of this study is to compare the safety and effects of fasting or not fasting
overnight before a cardiac catheterization (heart procedure). The study will compare
patients who have nothing to eat after midnight before the procedure to those who are
allowed to eat or drink before the procedure.
For years it has been common to have patients fast before a cardiac catheterization. It is
believed that fasting may lower the risks of upset stomach, vomiting, and aspiration
(stomach contents going to the lungs). New findings show that fasting before the procedure
may not be needed. This study will look at the safety and possible benefits of not fasting.
- Subjects who are planned for coronary angiogram or percutaneous intervention, either
as outpatients or inpatients
- Subjects undergoing emergent procedures or requiring post procedure emergent
- Pregnant Women