Wondering what is angiogram?
Medicover Hospitals have put together this article to you to understand everything relating to this common medical procedure
Angiography, angiogram are terms that describe a procedure used to identify narrowing or blockages in the arteries in the body. The procedure is the same regardless of what area of the body is being viewed. A small tube called a catheter is placed in a large blood vessel at the top of the leg or in the groin region.
The doctor carefully guides the catheter to the problem area (heart, leg, neck, or aorta) using moving x-ray pictures. By watching the flow of dye through the vessels with x-ray equipment, the doctor identifies obstructions and narrowing. The blood vessels specific to the problem areas are identified. A cardiac angiogram, more commonly called a Cardiac Catheterization or a Heart Cath, outlines the heart arteries.
Angiograms that outline the neck arteries are called Carotid Angiograms. Outlining the blood supply to the kidneys is called a Renal Angiogram. Aortic Angiogram outlines the major chest and abdominal blood vessels. Leg (femoral), Iliac (groin), or popliteal (lower leg) are angiograms outlining the upper and lower leg.
- Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight before your angiogram.
- Take all your medications to the hospital with you in their original bottles. Ask your doctor about whether or not to take your usual morning medications.
- If you have diabetes, ask your doctor if you should take insulin or other oral medications before your angiogram.
No, it can take up to a few weeks for the swelling and bruising to go away completely.
You can see it during the process and a CD is given to you by your cardiologist afterward.
It depends on the results of the angiogram. You should consult your doctor for professional medical advice. They will be able to tell you when it is safe for you to travel by plane.
Yes, it is normal to feel tired after an angiogram. Most people feel fine a day or so after having the procedure, although the wound site is likely to be tender for up to a week.
- If you have any questions or concerns regarding angiogram
- If you don’t understand how to prepare for the procedure.
- If you become ill before the procedure (such as fever, flu, or a cold).
- If you need to reschedule or have changed your mind about having the procedure.
- Complication of Angiography – http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/abs/10.1148/radiology.138.2.7455105
- Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/125/1/e2.short
- Cardiac catheterization and angiography – https://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/5673569
- Computed tomography angiography – http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/49/18/1827