The actual Angiogram exam isn't as scary as most people think.
The day you arrive for your angiogram, you may feel a bit nervous. You don't need to be. The entire process can be a simple and easy one to do in a relatively short amount of time.
The day of the test, you may receive a sedative prior to the procedure to help you relax. If a sedative is given, you will need someone to drive you home afterwards. Depending on the site used for injection of the contrast dye, the recovery period may last up to 12 to 24 hours so you should be prepared to spend the night if necessary.
When you arrive and are back in a private exam area, the area around the catheter insertion (groin area) may be shaved. After that, you may be be transported to a treatment room for your angiogram. Based upon your medical condition and the specific angiogram that you will be undergoing, your physician may request other specific preparation.
Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.
ABOVE: A team of doctors and nurses performing an angiogram.
ABOVE: Doctor reading an angiogram of patient.
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