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What causes constipation after a heart catheterization?

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Posted on Thu, 5 May 2016
Question: I had heart XXXXXXX procedure 8 days ago and have been constipated ever since. Is that normal?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that constipation is normal in this clinical situation, related to bed rest and lack of physical activity and the small amount of food taken.

So there is nothing to worry about! Just a temporary constipation!

I would recommend performing some physical activity (brisk walking can be really helpful against constipation, to stimulate the bowel movements) and make some diet modifications (a lot of fibers contained in vegetables, orange juice, kiwi,etc.).

From the other hand you can use laxatives like Psyllium, Methylcellulose or Docusate for a short period, to help against constipation.

A transrectal enema can relieve you from acute constipation.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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What causes constipation after a heart catheterization?

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM! Regarding your concern, I would explain that constipation is normal in this clinical situation, related to bed rest and lack of physical activity and the small amount of food taken. So there is nothing to worry about! Just a temporary constipation! I would recommend performing some physical activity (brisk walking can be really helpful against constipation, to stimulate the bowel movements) and make some diet modifications (a lot of fibers contained in vegetables, orange juice, kiwi,etc.). From the other hand you can use laxatives like Psyllium, Methylcellulose or Docusate for a short period, to help against constipation. A transrectal enema can relieve you from acute constipation. Hope you will find this answer helpful! Kind regards, Dr. Iliri