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Can your heart stop during a routine heart angiogram?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Yes you sure can: During an angiogram, you are typically given "conscious sedation, " which is just enough medication to put you almost to sleep. This often does put people to sleep and people often do snore. The folks monitoring your anesthesia will make sure you airway is protected and keep you safe. No worries.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
But your heart can stop as a result of arrhythmias or exacerbation of whatever condition the angiogram is assessing, in which case resuscitation may be necessary.
Apr 25, 2012
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Unlikely: All your vital signs are continually monitored during a routine angiogram. During this study, dye is injected into your blood vessels to look for any blockages or other problems in your heart's circulation. Rarely, people have allergic reactions to the dye. Rarely, there can be an abnormal heart rhythm during the test. In any case, the cardiologist has medications to treat any problem.

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