• Angiograms are performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) of a hospital. Your health care team will give you specific instructions and talk to you about any medications you already take.
  • Don’t eat or drink anything 4-6hours before your angiogram
  • Take all your medications to the hospital with you. Ask your doctor about whether or not to take your usual medications.
  • If you have diabetes, ask your doctor if you should take insulin or other oral medications before your angiogram.
  • If you have any allergies, you must let your doctor know. If you have previously been
  • affected by intravenous contrast medium (the dye used for kidney X-rays and CT scans), you must also tell your doctor about this.
  • As the procedure is usually carried out using the big artery in the arm or groin, you could be asked to shave the skin around this area Procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and you may receive a sedative to relieve anxiety if required.
  • The team will perform a physical exam and check your vital signs including blood pressure and pulse.You’ll also empty your bladder and change into a hospital gown. You may have to remove contact lenses, eyeglasses, jewelry and hairpins.
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