Reasons for Test
|Plaque Blocking an Artery|
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- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—blockages in the arteries in your arms or legs
- Aneurysm—bulging of the arteries
- Vascular malformation—problems in the structure of the arteries
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a thorough physical examination
- Do blood tests
- Your medical history
- Medication you take
- Whether you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- Talk to your doctor if you take any medications, herbs, or supplements.
You may need to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Blood thinners, such as warfarin
- Anti-platelets, such as clopidogrel
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- A brief sting when local anesthesia is injected
- Pressure when catheter is inserted
- Hot and flushed when contrast dye is injected
- You will need to be monitored for about six hours.
- The doctor or a nurse may press on the insertion site for 10-20 minutes to stop the bleeding.
- You will need to keep the arm or leg where the catheter was inserted straight. This will minimize bleeding.
- You will be encouraged to drink a lot of fluids to flush the contrast material from your system.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions on cleaning the incision site.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- You may eat normally. Continue to drink plenty of fluids for 1-2 days.
- For at least 12 hours, avoid strenuous activities like climbing stairs, driving, or walking.
- Be sure to follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the injection site
- Extreme sweating, nausea, or vomiting
- Extreme pain, including chest pain
- Leg or arm feels cold, turns white or blue, or becomes numb or tingly
- Difficulty breathing
- Any problems with your speech or vision
- Facial weakness
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
Radiological Society of North America http://www.radiologyinfo.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2013 -