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A 44-year-old member asked:

are there side effects of an angiogram?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Yes: Side effects from the angiogram can be related to the procedure (bleeding or injury to the blood vessels from the catheters used to inject the contrast; embolization of intraluminal plaque or air from the catheter) or a reaction to the contrast (allergic reaction, kidney failure).

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long is the waiting period to drive or travel after the angiogram?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Ask Cardiologist: It is best to ask your cardiologist (the one who did the angiogram) how long you should wait to drive or travel after the angiogram.
A 52-year-old member asked:

How soon can someone start training after an angiogram?

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Dr. Edgar Lichstein
Cardiology 60 years experience
Depends on results.: The answer depends on the results of the angiogram, the site of catheter insertion (either femoral or radial artery) and the type of training .Many centers, such as mine, are inserting the catheter into the radial artery in the wrist which does not require any post angiogram attention. A patient whose angiogram was negative and had this method used, could return to all activities the next day.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are reasons you would you need a angiogram?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Many: An angiogram is done to look at the flow of the coronary arteries and to rule out blockages. Recurrent chest pain is one reason, heart attack is another, abnormal stress testing, weakening of the muscle of the heart are among many.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of an angiogram?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Angiogram: Less than 1% risk of clot, bruising, arrhythmia, bleeding. Discuss with your physician to determine if the benefit of the procedure is greater than the risk. That is the best question to ask on any test performed.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the contrast used in an angiogram?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Iodine based: Almost all current radiographic contrast agents are based on iodine, which is relatively "heavy" and radioopaque. Rarely, some radiologists will use co2 gas for a contrast study. In the cardiac circulation, we basically use iodine based agents almost exclusively.

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