Do you get angiogram results immediately?
For the coronary angiogram you will get the results straight away. If there is significant narrowing, or if you’ve just had a heart attack, you may have an angioplasty at the same time. If a number of coronary arteries are blocked or narrowed in places, then you may be referred to a cardiac surgeon for bypass surgery.
How does an angiogram show a blockage?
The doctor threads the catheter into the desired artery from an access point. The access point is usually in your arm but it can also be in your groin. The dye makes the blood flowing inside the blood vessels visible on an X-ray and shows any narrowed or blocked area in the blood vessel.
What is the success rate of an angiogram?
The acute success rate has risen from about 50% in the early days to approximately 90% in recent years. Serial repeat angiograms obtained in different patient groups have shown a 20% incidence of angiographically defined restenoses in patients who had been successfully treated initially.
Is it normal to have chest pain after an angiogram?
Abstract. Approximately 20% of patients undergoing diagnostic angiography for the evaluation of chest pain are found to have a normal coronary angiogram. Although this finding is generally associated with a low risk of cardiac events, approximately half will continue to experience chest pain over the next 12 months.
What is the percentage of complications with an angiogram?
Background When consenting patients for elective coronary angiography, a risk of major complications such as death, stroke or myocardial infarction is quoted at 1–2 in 1000.
How long is the recovery after an angiogram?
Most people feel fine a day or so after having the procedure. You may feel a bit tired, and the wound site is likely to be tender for up to a week. Any bruising may last for up to 2 weeks.
How do you feel after an angiogram?
After an angiogram, your groin or arm may have a bruise and feel sore for a day or two. You can do light activities around the house but nothing strenuous for several days. Your doctor may give you specific instructions on when you can do your normal activities again, such as driving and going back to work.