You may have some discomfort when you have the local anaesthetic injection. But this should numb the area, reducing painful sensations during the procedure. You can also have a sedative to help you relax if you need it. You may feel a bit sore after the angiogram. See our Preparation and Side-effects sections for more information.
Cardiac catheterisation is a procedure where you have a catheter passed through blood vessels into your heart. Coronary angiogram is one form of cardiac catheterisation that involves using a dye to look at your heart and the blood vessels supplying it. There are other types of cardiac catheterisation that don’t involve having an injection of dye. You can find out more about what a coronary angiogram is in our About section above.
An angioplasty is a procedure to open up blocked arteries. A coronary angioplasty can open up blocked or narrowed arteries in your heart. Cardiac catheterisation or an angiogram involves checking the arteries. Your doctor may go on to do a coronary angioplasty if you need treatment – often as part of the same procedure. Read more in our About section.
You’ll usually be back to your normal activities within a few days of having a coronary angiogram. You’ll probably feel quite tired at first, so it’s important to rest. You also shouldn’t do any vigorous exercise or heavy lifting while your wound is healing. See our Recovery section to find out more.
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