WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
An angiogram is a procedure to look at arteries in your body. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Limit activity: Rest for the remainder of the day of your procedure. Keep your arm or leg straight as much as possible. If the angiogram catheter was put in your leg, do not use stairs for a few days after your angiogram. When you must use stairs, step up with the leg that was not used for the angiogram. Straighten this leg to move the other leg up to the next step without putting stress on it. You may be told to avoid lifting more than 15 pounds for 5 days after your procedure.
- Keep your wound clean and dry: Ask your cardiologist when you can bathe. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the incisions with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages if they get wet or dirty.
- Watch for bleeding and bruising: It is normal to have a bruise and soreness where the angiogram catheter went in. Contact your cardiologist if your bruise gets larger. If your wound bleeds, use your hand to put pressure on the bandage. If you do not have a bandage, use a clean cloth to put pressure over and just above the puncture site. Seek care immediately.
- Drink liquids as directed: Ask your primary healthcare provider how much liquid to drink after your angiogram. This will help your body get rid of the dye used during the procedure. Limit caffeine. Do no drink alcohol for 24 hours after your angiogram.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist if:
- You have a fever.
- Your catheter site is red, leaks pus, or smells bad.
- You have increasing pain at your catheter site.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- The leg or arm used for your angiogram is numb, painful, or changes color.
- The bruise at your catheter site gets bigger or becomes swollen.
- Your catheter site bleeds.
- You have weakness in an arm or leg.
- You become confused or have difficulty speaking.
- You have dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss.
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