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What can I not do after angiography?
Do not do strenuous exercise and do not lift, pull, or push anything heavy until your doctor says it is okay. This may be for a day or two. You can walk around the house and do light activity, such as cooking. If the catheter was placed in your groin, try not to walk up stairs for the first couple of days.
Can we avoid angiography?
Patients with heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) are usually sent to the catheterization lab, but in stable, non-acute patients with chest pain, unnecessary coronary angiograms should be avoided in order to reduce risk of complications in patients. This would also provide significant financial savings
When should I do angiography?
An angiogram can show if your coronary arteries are narrowed, where they are narrowed, and by how much. It can help your doctor see if a change in treatment—such as medicines, angioplasty, or coronary artery bypass surgery—can improve your angina or lower your risk of heart attack or death from heart problems.
Can angiography be done twice?
Truly normal coronary arteries do not progress to significant disease within a time frame of 4 years. Repeat coronary angiography within that period is probably not indicated.
Is angioplasty necessary after angiography?
If your doctor finds a blockage during your coronary angiogram, it’s possible he or she may decide to perform angioplasty and stenting immediately after the angiogram while your heart is still catheterized.