If you get a NCLEX question that states something like, “Which patient should you tend to first?” and one of your patients is just s/p angioplasty and is now complaining of a warm sensation in his legs you should consider that answer.  In the cath lab they often make an incision into the femoral artery, a large main artery.  It takes a while for that site to stop bleeding.  A warm sensation on their legs is a sign of they started bleeding from their femoral artery and you need to assess them to see if they have started to bleed all over themselves from the incision site.  Grab gloves and apply pressure stat! A main artery like that can bleed out fast.

  See What is Coronary Angioplasty? to see what is actually being done down in the cath lab.

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