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Invasive examination: A renal angiogram is a minimally invasive examination. The doctor will likely enter the artery located in the right groin initially with a small needle and then change that for a plastic tube. A catheter (small plastic tube) is then advanced into the aorta and then selectively into the renal artery. A small amount of dye is then injected. Us, ct or MRI usually done before this test. ...Read more
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
Hello sir, I am an Indian, 36 yrs old male, 4 years back had Acute myocardial infraction subsequently tested with Angiogram dye penetration method, -?
Acute MI: If you had acute myocardial infarction, its possible that you doctor might have recommended/performed coronary angiogram to see if you have severe blockage in any artery around the heart. If there was severe blockage, they would have recommended for stent or surgery. However, your question is incomplete. What do you want to know? ...Read more
Likely transient: The catheter enters a femoral blood vessel in the inguinal region, where there are cutaneous nerves providing sensation. Since the insertion involves a small incision, the local nerves can be temporarily injured, but should recover fully within 4 weeks. Check with your doctor if this does not reverse. ...Read more
I am getting an angiogram, but the hospital can't perform an angioplasty, if needed. Is it better to change to a hospital where they do both?
Yes: If there is a blockage is found during angiogram, it can often be treated during the same procedure, with angioplasty and/or stent placement. This can eliminate the necessity of a second procedure. There are risks associated with the procedure which you should understand prior to proceeding. ...Read more
Different angiograms: There are different areas that are studied with different types of angiograms. If you are having a cardiac angiogram they will be watching you for several hours after the study to make sure that the injection site is not bleeding. A pressure dressing will be applied. If that is the study you are having, it is better that you don't drive yourself. ...Read more
Generally okay: The most common symptom is anxiety just from being awake during a medical procedure. You usually get some medicine to help keep you calm. You should not feel pain due to numbing medicine. You may feel pressure while the catheter is put in and starnge feelings as it goes to the blood vessel being evaluated. When the dye is injected some folks feel flushed or warm. ...Read more
UNCOMMON: An angiogram is a 'map of the arteries'. It may be needed in a young person when a congential narrow (or blocked) artery is suspected or in a condition called a.V.M. (arterio-venous malformation) which resembles 'tangled' blood vessels. Both these conditions may need treatment/surgery/embolization. These conditions are rare & so are angiograms in <35 yo. ...Read more
Question unclear...: I am not sure what your question is because I don't know the context. Angiograms are done to look at the heart vessels, the plumbing so to speak of the heart. This analyzes the blood flow to the heart muscle. EPS/RFA refers to procedures that are done to analyze and treat electrical functions/problems of the heart. Usually angiograms and EPS are not discussed in the same breath-different topics. ...Read more
Another contrast: Co2 gas is used as the contrast agent rather than iodinated dye. It is usually reserved for people with allergic history to iodinated dye or poor renal function. This agent cannot be used in all blood vessels. It is a good agent when indicated but should only be used by a trained specialist familiar with the use of this material. ...Read more