Is sweating and anxiety common after an angioplasty?

A fellow caregiver asked...

My father underwent angioplasty last month. It was successful and he was allowed to leave the hospital after 3 days. However, sometimes he complains of sweating for no reason even while in an Air Conditioner. He is a diabetic and has given up smoking (after 30 years of smoking) after the surgery. He went for follow up check ups and the reports came out normal.Is this sweating or anxiousness normal??

Expert Answer

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

We are glad everything went well with your fathers angioplasty procedure. Anxiety after any type of heart procedure can be common but sweating after angioplasty is not typical. You state that your dad is also diabetic sweating can sometimes be a sign of blood sugar problems or even some other problem like a thyroid or hormone imbalance. Check his heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar when he has one of these sweating episodes. Also pay attention to when they occur - in the morning, evening, before or after he eats? We would recommend you discuss this again with his cardiologist but also his general medical provider to make sure somthing else is not causing the sweating. Also sometimes sweating is a side effect of certain medications.