Angiography is an x-ray test that uses fluoroscopy to look at the arteries and veins. Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that lets us see the body part in motion. A thin flexible tube, called a catheter, is put into a blood vessel and then passed to the area of concern. X-ray contrast medium is put through this tube to make the vessels show more clearly during the exam. Images are taken, which can be seen on a monitor and may show any problems with the blood vessel.
Angiography tests can be used to diagnose blood vessel narrowing or blockages and other blood vessel problems in various parts of the body.
What can I expect during the same-day procedure?
When you arrive on the unit (A6 Day Surgery), you will be greeted by a nurse. You will be asked to undress and put on a patient gown. An intravenous will be started. A porter from x-ray will transport you on your stretcher to the Angiography pre/post procedure room. The doctor performing your angiogram will explain the procedure and obtain your consent.
During the procedure, the technologist will position you on the examination table so that the body area of interest can be seen. The technologist will remain by your side during the procedure to instruct you and operate the x-ray system.
Following your angiogram, you will be returned to the 6th floor by stretcher.
You must remain at the hospital and in bed for 5 hours after the angiogram to prevent bleeding from the catheter site. You will be observed for an additional hour after walking. A doctor will discharge you later in the day.
How should I prepare for my angiogram?
Do not eat any food or drink after midnight the night before the test. Do not chew gum or eat candy.
If you are on diabetic medication, you are asked to wait until after the test to take your diabetic medicines (insulin or pills). You are also asked to stop your Warfarin / Coumadin and / or Metformin. Please check with your referring doctor about this.
For other medications, you are allowed to take your pills with a sip of water on the morning of the test. Please bring with you all the medicines you take during the day, in their labelled containers. If you have any questions about your medicines, please call your doctor.
Please take a shower or bath before you come to the hospital. Please arrange for someone to drive you home after your hospital stay.
What happens when I go home after an angiogram?
You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital. You must have someone stay with you the night of your test. If you live outside of Winnipeg, you will need to stay in Winnipeg the night of the test. Please call your doctor if this will be a problem.
You may bathe or shower the next day. Do not rub near the groin site. The Band-Aid may be removed after 24 hours.
You may return to your normal activities in 1 or 2 days. Your doctor will tell you if you should not return to normal activities. Do not do any heavy lifting or straining for 3 days to prevent any bleeding at the site.
The groin area may remain tender for a few days. You may notice bruising or a small lump at the site.
Continue the medicines your doctor has ordered for you. You will be given more information about care when you are discharged.
Location, Hours and Contact Information
Main Hospital, 2nd Floor, A Block South
Report to X-Ray reception desk
For easier access, use the Hospital’s South Entrance.
Appointments available Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: 204-237-2526 | Fax: 204-237-7439