An angiography is an x-ray exam of the blood vessels. The exam uses a chemical that is injected into the blood vessels. The chemical makes the blood vessels easier to see on the x-ray.
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Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the catheter site
- Extreme sweating, nausea, or vomiting
- Extreme pain, including chest pain
- Leg or arm feels cold, turns white or blue, or becomes numb or tingly
- Difficulty breathing
- Any problems with your speech or vision
- Facial weakness
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
An angiography is an
exam of the blood vessels. The exam uses a chemical that is injected into the blood vessels. The chemical makes the blood vessels easier to see on the x-ray.
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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
This procedure may be done to:
- Help doctors identify narrowed, enlarged, and blocked blood vessels
- Determine if there is blood leaking out of the vessels and into other parts of your body
In some cases, the doctor can treat a blocked blood vessel during the procedure. This would prevent the need for another procedure.
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Allergic reaction to chemical used
Abnormal heart beats, called
- Bleeding at point of catheter insertion
- Damage to blood vessels, which can cause damage to organs and tissue
- Kidney damage from contrast material
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Allergies, especially to x-ray dye, iodine, medications, or certain foods, including shellfish
- Kidney problems
- Bleeding disorder