How to Prepare for Your Peripheral Angiogram

Sep 01, 2023
How to Prepare for Your Peripheral Angiogram
A peripheral angiogram serves as a vital map of vascular pathways. Knowing how to prepare for this significant procedure is the first step toward navigating your health with confidence and ease.

A peripheral angiogram is a pathway to understanding your vascular health. Preparing for it might feel overwhelming, but with the right guidance, it can be a smooth process that paves the way for better heart and leg care.

At Carolina Heart and Leg Center, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, our team of professionals prioritizes patient education and comfort. Whether it's your first time undergoing a peripheral angiogram or you're looking for a refresher, our guide can help you prepare, easing any apprehensions you might have.

Understanding the procedure

Peripheral angiography is a diagnostic procedure used to visualize the blood vessels in the arms and legs, often to detect blockages or abnormalities. It's a critical tool in diagnosing and managing vascular diseases that can lead to serious health issues if left untreated.

A peripheral angiogram involves injecting a contrast dye into the blood vessels of the arms or legs, followed by X-ray imaging to visualize the flow of blood. This allows our doctors to identify any blockages or narrowed areas that might be impeding circulation. 

At Carolina Heart and Leg Center, we utilize the latest technology, ensuring precise diagnosis and minimal discomfort.

Before the procedure 

Preparation starts with a consultation with one of our health care providers at Carolina Heart and Leg Center. You're briefed on the procedure and asked about your medical history, allergies, and any medications you're currently taking. It's essential to be open and honest during this discussion to ensure safe and effective care.

You may be asked to make temporary adjustments to medications, particularly if you’re on blood thinners. Following the guidelines we give you is vital for a successful angiogram.

Day of the procedure

On the day of your angiogram, arrive at our practice with sufficient time to complete the necessary paperwork. Wear comfortable clothing and leave jewelry and valuables at home.

You'll be guided to a preparation area where a nurse checks your vital signs and provides a gown for you to change into. An IV line may be inserted to administer medications during the procedure. Our caring staff is available to answer any last-minute questions, ensuring you feel comfortable and informed.

During the procedure

The angiogram itself usually takes about an hour, though it might vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. You're awake but may receive sedation to help you relax. The area where the catheter is inserted is cleaned and numbed, minimizing any discomfort.

Our specialized team at Carolina Heart and Leg Center monitors you throughout the procedure, ensuring your safety and comfort. You'll be able to communicate with our team, and stay informed as we proceed.

After the procedure – recovery

Following the angiogram, you're observed for several hours, ensuring there are no complications. You might feel mild discomfort at the catheter insertion site, but this is typically short-lived.

We provide you with specific post-procedure care instructions, including any restrictions on activities and signs to watch for that might indicate a problem. We’ll schedule your follow-up appointment to discuss the results and any necessary next steps for your care.

A peripheral angiogram is an essential tool in the management of vascular health. While preparing for this type of procedure can be intimidating, we want to work with you closely and help you understand what to expect. 

If you’re scheduled for an angiogram and have questions or concerns, feel free to stop in and see us. Call our office at 910-491-1760 to set up a visit or request an appointment online. We’re here to guide you every step of the way, from preparation to recovery.