Hi, I just had the angiogram done on Aug 5, I had passed all the previous tests, they didn't show anything wrong, but I knew something was wrong because my breathing had become very labored over my everyday household chores, and walking worn me out.
I had no idea what to expect when they sent me for the angiogram, but it was a piece of cake! I was admit in the hospital as an out patient.and told if they was a problem I would be spending the night so I was told to pack and over night bag. In the hospital I was hooked up with the normal ivs... then wheeled down to the "cold" room to have the angiogram test done. Prior to going down they did give me a special cocktail that relaxed me completely. Down stairs only my groin area on the right was exposed to the doctor. I was told he was going to numb me and that would hurt a bit... it was just like having the dentist numb you for a tooth filling...it felt like tiny bee stings! then it was gone, I was numb from the needles..I felt like three of them. then I just laid on the table and was told to turn my head this way..and then told to face the other way...then this way..then the other way...I have no idea why!! I could see my heart on the screen about the doctor, but I really didnt know what was going on, or what he had found.... I just laid there waitng for the test to be over....it felt like i was in there for about 15 minutes...but it actually had been somewhere between 90 and 120 minutes!! They found a 99% blockage in my left main artery, my doctor put a stent in right there. After I was done, he then turned and told me what he found and showed me a before and after photo of my artery..that was impressive. My only problem was I got a hematoma (sp) from the catherization...bruised badly and the nurses had to apply alot of pressure to that area and that hurt. You have to lay flat for about 12 hours afterwards, and the leg that they catherize has to remain straight. They also have some contraction that they might attach to you if you get a hematoma that also apply direct pressure to that artery, I had to wear that for about an hour or so. I did take tylenol for the pain in the groin from the hematoma. Had I not of had that complication I would of had a much easier time. Don't be afraid...the test is easy and it could save your life as it did mine. you will be in my prayers. keep us informed. I hope I helped a bit.