Following an angiogram, patients are advised to take rest for 48 hours after the procedure. Heavy lifting or any other strenuous physical activity such as vigorous exercise must be avoided. Bathing must also be postponed until the day after the procedure. The patient must also avoid driving for a period of 36 hours after the angiogram. Normal activities can gradually be resumed 48 hours after the procedure. In some cases, after the angiogram the puncture site may bleed excessively in which case, immediate medical attention is required. The same applies when there is a great deal of pain and swelling around the area. As such it is advisable to monitor your recovery following the procedure. It is recommended that you seek your doctor's advice on whether you can travel two weeks after your angiogram.
An angiogram is a procedure in which blood vessels are examined through the use of x-rays.
Angiogram procedure is helpful in detecting heart problems and in examining the layout of blood vessels in various parts of the body. Tissue fluids such as blood are not visible on x-ray images and therefore a contrast dye is injected to make the blood vessels visible. The dye is injected through a thin tube called a catheter which is inserted into the specific blood vessel. The catheter is usually inserted in the area of the groin after administration of a local anesthetic. The dye is then injected and as the dye travels through the blood vessels, problems such as obstructions and constricted areas may be detected. Once the images are obtained, the catheter is removed and the area is pressed to stop bleeding. A dressing is then placed on the site of insertion and the individual is taken to a recovery area.
There may be some soreness in the area of the puncture after the procedure. If there is a fall in blood pressure or breathing problems arise, medical attention is required. This may be indicative of an allergic reaction to the contrast dye. In some cases, a hematoma develops around the puncture site. This condition must be monitored closely by the doctor as it could be indicative of continued bleeding in the area. Rest is necessary following the angiogram. If in the days following the procedure there is any swelling, bleeding or pain in the area where the catheter was inserted if you experience chest pain or dizziness, it is recommended that you consult your doctor at the earliest
Submitted by N on February 16, 2010 at 03:15