During the angiogram, you are awake , but are given medications to help you relax. A thin tube (catheter) is placed in the femoral artery (groin area) through a small nick in the skin about the size of the tip of a pencil. The catheter is guided to the area to be studie
Will an angiogram hurt? Neither test should hurt . For the conventional angiogram you'll have some local anaesthetic injected in your wrist through a tiny needle, and once it's numb a small incision will be made, in order to insert the catheter.
During the Angiogram
You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. The test itself will take approximately 2 to 3 hours . Moderate sedation may be given. During an angiogram, a long slender tube called a catheter is inserted into a large artery (generally, in the groin area
If you are having your angiogram done as an outpatient: you will stay in the hospital for four to six hours after the procedure is completed.
An angiogram uses X-rays and a special dye (contrast) to take pictures of the arteries in your brain, heart, and kidneys . The dye is injected into a small tube or catheter into an artery in your groin or (sometimes) your arm. The small tube is inserted after an injection of local anaesthetic around the artery.
a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into the artery and is carefully guided to the area being examined – you may feel some pushing and pulling when this is done, but it should not be painful .
After an angiogram, your groin or arm may have a bruise and feel sore for a day or two . You can do light activities around the house but nothing strenuous for several days. Your doctor may give you specific instructions on when you can do your normal activities again, such as driving and going back to work.
Having an angiogram takes about one hour , although it may be longer, especially if combined with other cardiac catheterization procedures. Preparation and post-procedure care can add more tim
Most people feel fine a day or so after having the procedure. You may feel a bit tired, and the wound site is likely to be tender for up to a week . Any bruising may last for up to 2 weeks.
Rest at home until the morning after the procedure . Keep the wrist where the procedure was done as straight as you can for 6 hours. Do not do any sports, heavy work or lifting with the arm that was used for your procedure for 4 -7 days. Gradually increase your activity over the first week.
You'll usually be able to go home the same day, although sometimes you may need to stay in hospital overnight . It may be possible to let you know the results of the test before you go home. However, the X-rays often need to be studied in detail and the results are not available for a few weeks.
After the Angiogram
Or, if the angiogram shows serious blockages, your interventional cardiologist may immediately perform balloon angioplasty and stenting to open the blockage and restore blood flow to your heart, or you may be referred to a heart surgeon for a bypassoperation .