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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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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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