• Before angiography,  certain details and standard tests will be conducted:
    • Medical history
    • Physical examination
    • Any allergies
    • Medication being taken, you might be asked to stop all medication one day prior to the procedure.
    • Blood tests to check the overall health
    • Before the procedure sedatives may be given and it is advised not to eat anything for few hours before the procedure.
  • The first and foremost local anesthesia in given
  • The next process involves insertion of an intravenous (IV) line into the arm vein of the patient. Through this IV line, sedatives or any other medication will be injected.
  • A dye (contrast agent) is injected through the catheter to view any blockage.
  • Series of X-rays are taken as the dye moves through the blood vessels.
  • while the test is going on , Electrodes will be placed on the patient’s chest to monitor heartbeat. A blood pressure too shall be monitored.
  • This is not a painful procedure. it will approximately take from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the case to case basis.
  • In some conditions, other procedures, such as angioplasty can also be carried out at the same time, which includes inserting a balloon or a small tube termed a stent through the catheter to open a narrowed artery.
  • Post procedure, the catheter is removed. One is asked to rest and lie still for few hours to prevent bleeding from the cut.
  • Mostly, patients recover enough to leave the hospital on the same day of the procedure. but in some cases patient stays over night in the hospital.
  • The patient can eat or drink soon after the procedure.
  • Analysis of the test can be obtained the same day.
  • One can resume to normal activities the next day.

Angiography is a safe procedure and there could be minor complications:

  • Bruising or bleeding in the area where the incision was performed
  • Infection in the area of incision
  • Mild or moderate allergic reactions due to the contrast agent
  • Soreness

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