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Can your heart stop during a routine heart angiogram?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Karen Sibert
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David Miller
Family Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
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Dr. Martin Raff
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.
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