Angiogram of the Lung
How To Prepare
Before an angiogram, tell your doctor if you:
- Are or might be pregnant.
- Are breast-feeding. Use formula (throw out your breast milk) for 1 to 2 days after the angiogram until the dye has passed from your body. This generally takes 24 hours.
- Are allergic to iodine dye used in the test.
- Have ever had a serious allergic reaction (Reference anaphylaxis Opens New Window) from any substance, such as the venom from a bee sting or from eating shellfish.
- Have Reference asthma Opens New Window.
- Are allergic to any medicines.
- Have any bleeding problems or are taking blood-thinning medicines.
- Have left Reference heart block or a Reference pacemaker Opens New Window.
- Have a history of kidney problems or Reference diabetes Opens New Window, especially if you take metformin (such as Glucophage) to control your diabetes. The dye used during an angiogram can cause kidney damage in people who have poor kidney function.
Do not eat or drink for 4 to 8 hours before the angiogram. You may be asked to not take aspirin, aspirin products, or blood thinners for several days before the test and for 1 day after the test. If you take these medicines, talk with your doctor.
An angiogram can be done as an inpatient or outpatient. If you are an outpatient, you will stay in a recovery room for several hours before you go home. You may want to bring something to do or read to pass the time. Arrange to have someone take you home because you may get a Reference sedative Opens New Window before the test. If you stay overnight in the hospital, you will probably go home the next day.
The test may take several hours, so you will empty your bladder just before it begins.
Also before the angiogram you may have other blood tests, such as blood clotting (coagulation) studies, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine.
You will need to sign a consent form that says you understand the risks of an angiogram and agree to have the test done. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 5, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology