Milford Vascular Institute performs angiograms at our Outpatient Based Laboratory to diagnose peripheral arterial disease.
What is an angiogram?
An angiogram is a diagnostic test that uses x-rays to take pictures of your blood vessels. A long flexible catheter is inserted through the bloodstream, usually from the groin, to deliver contrast dye into the arteries making them visible on the x-ray.
Why do I need to have an angiogram?
Having an angiogram is the best method for diagnosing atherosclerosis in the arteries. Atherosclerosis is the hardening of arteries due to plaque buildup within the walls of the arteries.
What can I expect when having an angiogram?
When you come in for the procedure, you will be greeted by one of our friendly nurses. She will help you dress and prepare you for the procedure. Then, the CRNA will come in and meet with you to go over the medications you will be receiving and their side effects. Finally, the doctor will come in and discuss the procedure with you one last time. You will then be brought into the operating room. Our medical assistant will begin to prepare you for the procedure and simultaneously, our CRNA will begin to administer the anesthesia. Angiograms are performed under twilight sedation. You should expect to have amnesia after the procedure; you will have no memory of it even happening. After the procedure, we will move you to a recovery room. You will stay in the recovery room for at least 2 hours to allow for the anesthesia to fully wear off. Once our nurse has determined you are fully recovered, you will be able to walk out of the building with minimal limitations.
What to expect after an angiogram?
You may experience some soreness after the procedure. If the provider had to place a stent or perform an angioplasty, you may experience some tingling. This is normal; the blood flow has simply been restored to your extremity. The sensation should not last more than a few days.
Things to watch for after an angiogram:
If at any point you begin to feel coldness or see discoloration in your extremity, call the office immediately or if there is any bleeding at the insertion site. It is recommended to keep your legs straight and rested after the procedure and shower the next day and can remove any bandages at that time. No major lifting after the procedure as well and hydrate.