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How long does a carotid angiogram procedure typically take?

How long does a carotid angiogram procedure typically take?

30min-1hr: A straight forward diagnostic angiogram will take anywhere from 30min to 1hr. If a carotid stent is being placed it will take between 1hr and 3hrs depending on complexity. The longest waiting period is usually after the procedure where patients have to lie flat for ~4hrs to allow the artery in the groin that wa punctured to heal. ...Read more

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Angiogram (Definition)

An angiogram is a picture of the inside of ones blood vessel (vein or artery) created by injecting a clear liquid (radiopaque dye) which appears to be white (or ...Read more


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What should I expect from getting a carotid angiogram?

What should I expect from getting a carotid angiogram?

Answers! : For the procedure, you lie on your back on an x-ray table. X-ray cameras may move over and around your head and chest to take pictures from many angles. You may be given a sedative through the IV to help you relax, as well as other medications and fluids. You'll be awake during the test. The groin is numbed and a needle and tube is placed into the artery. Risk of stroke is less than 1%. ...Read more

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Can a person be allergic to carotid angiogram dye?

Can a person be allergic to carotid angiogram dye?

Yes: A person can be allergic to iodinated contrast material just like any other substance. The allergic response can vary from minimal to severe. Regardless of the severity, once you have an allergic response you are at risk for the some or worse if exposed to the dye again. Always notify your doctor of any allergies. ...Read more

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Can a carotid angiogram give me too much radiation?

Can a carotid angiogram give me too much radiation?

Unlikely: A standard carotid angiogram should take less than 15 minutes of fluoro time. The radiation is not insignificant but will only be a fraction of the expected lifetime exposure to radiation. This is a widely done procedure and the exposure to radiation injury is an extremely rare complication. ...Read more

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Who should get routine carotid angiograms done?

Who should get routine carotid angiograms done?

Virtually no-one.: For surveillance imaging of the carotid arteries, we use ultrasound rather than angiograms. Ultrasound is non-invasive, does not expose you to radiation or xray contrast dye, and also gives flow information that is very useful in determining the degree of stenosis (narrowing) in a carotid artery. ...Read more

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Carotid doppler showed 50% bilateral blockage, mr angiogram was negative. Which is more accurate?

Debatable: Few vascular surgeons make decisions on carotid artery stenosis based on mr, as carotid doppler (ultrasound) has been proven to be very reliable when a good technologist performs the study. From what you're describing, your carotid arteries are likely without disease as the reporting standards for ultrasound haven't quite been set. In my lab you'd likely be found to have no disease at all. ...Read more

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My sister has just had a a tear in a carotid artery while having an angiogram. How serious is this, how is it repaired?

It may or may not be: Sometimes the area heals itself. Other times it is necessary to surgically open the neck, free up the artery, clamp it above and below the injury, open the artery and repair the injury with stitches. ...Read more

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What is fibromuscular dysplasia and how serious this condition is? It was diagnosed by brain and neck angiogram and involves carotid and vertebral arteries

What is fibromuscular dysplasia and how serious this condition is? It was diagnosed by brain and neck angiogram and involves carotid and vertebral arteries

Can be serious: Fibromuscular dysplagia in carotid and vertebral arteries is thickening of the blood vessels going to the brain. It usually indicates narrowing in these arteries which can eventually reduce the blood supply to the brain. It is best to consult a vascular surgeon to determine how extensive it is and what is the best treatment. ...Read more

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Carotid artery disease, different results from duplex ultrasound vs. Ct angiogram (cta), is that possible?

Carotid artery disease, different results from duplex ultrasound vs. Ct angiogram (cta), is that possible?

Results: Because these are two different imaging modalities, it is possible to get divergent results. Generally however these two studies show congruent data. ...Read more

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Carotid artery disease, what to believe, if different results from duplex ultrasound vs. Ct angiogram (cta)?

Carotid artery disease, what to believe, if different results from duplex ultrasound vs. Ct angiogram (cta)?

CTA better: Although cta is more accurate but it also depends on image quality done by radiology . If there is two conflicting studies of the carotid artery , then you should get the gold standard conventional arteriography if clinically indicated. ...Read more

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Had brain CT angiogram yesterday, strange headaches ever since. If my 8m carotid aneurysm was leaking would they have known?

Had brain CT angiogram yesterday, strange headaches ever since. If my 8m carotid aneurysm was leaking  would they have known?

Most likely: A "leaking" or ruptured cerebral aneurysm causes the "worst headache of your life". It is usually unmistakable. With that said, an 8 mm aneurysm should prompt a discussion of treatment options and risk. You should ask your primary doctor to refer you to a neurosurgeon and to a neuro-interventionalist for such discussion. ...Read more

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Family history of Carotid Artery Occlusion.Good Angiogram Clear Artery's,had Mitral Valve Repair.Is Aspirin necessary?Surgeon says not really, agree?

Yes: When you are told "clear arteries" by angiogram, I suspect the doctors means "no obstructive coronary artery disease". That is not the same as saying as you have pristine arteries. There is likely some intimal thickening and or mild cholesterol buildup at your age, therefore one baby asprin 81 mg is probably the best thing u can do for yourself to reduce your risk of stroke and/or heart attack. ...Read more

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I have an angiogram coming up, I am so scared as it is my first procedure. What can I do to calm my self. Ease my mind please!?

Worrying: Worrying about the unknown can cause anticipation anxiety. Strategies include: Exercise, yoga, Meditation, focus on here and now, develop an action plan, build social support, plan for procedure, educate yourself, focus on what you can do and can control. Free Apps: 1)MyCalmBeat, 2)StressCheck, 3)TacticalBreather, 4)LifeArmor, 5)Breathe2Relax, 6)BioZen, 7) BinauralBeats 8)InstantHeartRate ...Read more

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Had an angiogram, came up clear. In recovery the o2 sat machine kept going off due to hitting 89. Could the sedative used in procedure cause this?

Yes: Sedation can cause hypoventilation, or slow breathing. It can also be related to smoking or other lung issues. Relax. They would not have sent you home if there was an issue. ...Read more

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Why does a heart rate go down after a catheter angiogram procedure?

Why does a heart rate go down after a catheter angiogram procedure?

Not true necessarily: I do angiograms almost on a daily basis. In the distant past, the contrast we used made the heart stop for a couple of seconds or would slow it down in some people (immediately after the injection); but that is a thing of the past anymore. ...Read more

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My wife is to having an angiogram via the main artery in the neck. Is this a dangerous procedure?

Carotid angiograms: are general done via femoral artery or brachial artery. Direct access through the carotid (neck artery) is done as a part of stent placement in carotid artery. You need to discuss the risks of procedure relevant to what is gonna be done with physician doing it. Generally there is less than 1% risk of stroke, bleeding and risk of contrast damage to kidney which depends on underlying kidney disease. ...Read more

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Have unstable angina angiogram showed 100% blocked right coro artery, 20% left - dr said only adjust meds, no procedure, no surg - now what ?

Have unstable angina angiogram showed 100% blocked right coro artery, 20% left -  dr said only adjust meds, no procedure, no surg - now what ?

Severe heart disease: It sounds like they are saying you have inoperable heart disease. The best results that I have seen for such patients have been with a nutritional based approach described by dr. Caldwell essylstyn at the cleveland clinic. Consider his book: prevent and reverse heart disease: the revolutionary, scientifically proven, nutrition-based cure [paperback] at amazon.Com for $10.98. ...Read more

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