What is an
The Angiogram is a small
procedure performed under general/local anesthetics and is used to monitor the
arteries within the Heart.
What happens –
Is it Painful?
Firstly the Angiogram
procedure isn’t painful, the procedure is as follows.
You are required to shave your groin – (the Angiogram is a catheter
You are then given a gown –(A nice dress) and some really stylish Paper
underpants – ha)
You are then called down to
theatre for the procedure to begin.
in theatre you are required to lay down upon the operating table were the
surgeon will then prepare by placing first an operating cloth around the groin
area, then comes the cold brown iodine, and finally you will feel a sharp but
painless incision into the marked area.
Once the anesthetic takes affect, you will then feel a slight pushing
sensation as the surgeon places a small wire inside so he is able to see the
heart and your arteries.
Around the theatre you will
see a screen and a large machine – which is similar to an X Ray Machine for
The surgeon will then inject a
special dye that enables the surgeon to see whether the heart’s arteries are
blocked or not. – You will feel a slight flushing sensation as the dye is
injected but that passes.
The surgeon now checks the
heart over by taking pictures while you watch on the big screen.
Once the pictures are taken
– the procedure is over, the small wire is taken out and it’s just a
question of stopping the blood flow from the main artery – you are asked to
apply pressure to the wound whilst you wait to be taken back to the ward.
The procedure takes around
25/30 minutes and once back on the ward you are required at least two hours bed
rest whilst you heal.
if my arteries are blocked.
Your arteries can become
blocked by a fatty substance, which is why it is important to eat a healthy diet
in all people, not just transplant recipients.
Depending on the results found – the surgeon can insert a
small balloon to open up the effected arteries – there are also a number of
medications such as Lycinopril (See medications guide) which can be given…
How Often Do I have The Procedure?
Transplant recipients Angiograms are performed when you have your yearly M.O.T.