Special Procedures - Angiogram

What is an Angiogram?

An angiogram is an x-ray image of the blood vessels used to study various vascular conditions, such as an aneurysm (ballooning of a blood vessel), stenosis (narrowing of a blood vessel), or blockages.

Pre-Procedure Instructions

Do not eat morning of your test. You can still take your usual medications with small sips of water four hours before the test. If you take Insulin for diabetes, take half of your usual morning dosage.  A family member should be present at the beginning of the test and at discharge. It is possible you may stay overnight at the hospital. Plan to arrive two hours before your appointment time.

Care After Your Angiogram

Puncture site care
Keep the site clean and dry for 24 hours after your procedure. You can take off the bandage the following day so you can shower. There may be a small amount of bruising or swelling at the puncture site and will gradually disappear.

Bleeding from puncture site
Do not panic if there is a small amount of bleeding at your puncture site. Lie down immediately on a flat surface and apply firm pressure at the puncture site using the fingers on both hands. Hold firm pressure for 10 minutes and recheck the site for further bleeding. If the bleeding continues, reapply firm pressure to the site and call your physician or go to the emergency department.

Activity
Right after your procedure you should rest and limit your physical activity. Bed rest, sitting in a chair and going to the bathroom is permitted. No driving on the day of the study. Have someone else drive you. On the day after your procedure you may resume your normal activities. Wait a day or two before engaging in any vigorous physical activities.

Nutrition
You do not have to change your normal diet. Be sure to drink more fluids to help flush out your system of the x-ray contrast used during the procedure.

Medication
Take your medications as instructed.

Follow-up appointment
Set up a follow-up appointment after the procedure if it was not already arranged. Call your physician if Your pain is not relieved by medication. You have unusual redness, swelling, drainage or odor from the puncture site. You have discolored or cool skin, pain or numbness in the leg used for the angiogram.