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Departments: Angiography

What Happens Afterwards?
When the procedure is complete pressure will be applied to the point of entry for up to 15 minutes after the test. This allows a seal to form over the puncture site in the artery. You will need to stay in bed for 4-6 hours after the procedure. There will be no stitches, but you may be a little sore and need pain killers for a day or two.

Alternatively, an artery closure device may be used to close the puncture site. This allows you to sit up at 30 degrees immediately and mobilise after one hour. Your doctor will decide if this device is suitable for you.

The doctor will discuss the results with you before you are discharged and make recommendations for further treatment. Because sedation is required to carry out this test and if you are in hospital only for the day it will be necessary for you to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. You are advised not to drive, operate machinery or undertake heavy physical activity for at least 24 hours afterwards.

Coronary Angioplasty +/- Stent

Coronary angioplasty and the insertion of a Stent is a way of opening up blocked / narrowed coronary arteries and increasing the blood flow to the heart muscle.

What Preparation Is Needed?

The treatment requires 2-3 days in hospital. The preparation is the same as for Cardiac Angiography and is performed in the same department.

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