Why Do You Need to Have An Angiogram?

The entire angiogram test consumes about an hour. There are no risks associated with angiogram. After completion of angiogram, the patient is free to go until the results are out and the doctor schedules an appointment. However, for those who feel uncomfortable, it is preferable to bring someone along so that they can reach their house without any trouble. Such situations are helpful for senior citizens, as they find it difficult to drive after an angiogram.

Why Do You Need To Have An Angiogram?

An angiogram is helpful for patients with issues related to the heart. For instance, an individual who shows signs of chest pain, or had a previous episode of a heart attack, and underwent surgery will be able to benefit from the angiogram test.

The angiogram test is a procedure where the doctor will gain the control in understanding the blood flow with ease. They can even view the region that is hurting the most along with the passages that are blocking the smooth circulation of the blood.

The Angiogram Testing Procedure

Before beginning with the procedure, the doctor will ask you to arrive at the angiogram testing facility on an empty stomach. You should keep away from eating or drinking anything for at least three hours before the angiogram test. These are the standard requirements. The other changes are dependent on the individual and his/her medical history. For women, there are different conditions, which the doctor explains in detail.

After arriving at the angiogram testing facility, the nurse will inject a thin tube, also called a catheter into the body through the veins from the wrist or groin. The nurse will control the movement of the tube externally and guide it through the body to reach the destination. Once at the desired location, the doctor will inject with a dye, and it travels through the tube and resides at the location.

The doctor will now examine the region using the X-ray machine. The output will display the effectiveness of the blood movement, along with any other underlying causes for showing the signs and symptoms in the patient. The examination provides a clear view of obstructions, swollen veins, and blocked arteries.

Precautions Regarding Angiogram

Precautions are necessary for women in case of pregnancy. There is a need to protect the baby from the harmful radiation emitted by the X-ray machine. Depending on the symptoms, the doctor will decide if they can continue with the angiogram test. However, if it is necessary and there is no other option but to opt for the angiogram, the doctor decides to use lead shield during the angiogram testing, which protects the abdomen of the woman.

For breastfeeding women, they should stop feeding the baby the day before the angiogram test. Additionally, they can only feed after a day after completion of the angiogram test. The doctor will explain in detail about all the precautions that one should take during the consultation session.

Treatment Following Angiogram

As angiogram is the test that provides results about the clogged regions that are stopping smooth flow of blood to the heart, the treatment varies depending on the situation. Once the doctor possesses the X-ray result, they will explain in detail about the condition. They will additionally, prepare the treatment considering the symptoms and bring changes to your lifestyle and food habits. All these become an immense impact on how the body responds. Therefore, the doctor reschedules for the angiogram test within a month or after a few months (it changes depending on individual cases). The results obtained will speak about the success of the treatment. If there are no changes, then the doctor will opt for an alternative treatment that will ensure safety along will reduction in the symptoms experienced by the patient.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:September 28, 2017

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