Sandyford, Dublin 18


What is Cardiac Catheterisation (Coronary Angiogram) ?

A procedure involving the use of x-ray and dye to allow visualization of the arteries in the heart

What do I do to prepare for my test?

• Do not eat or drink at least 4 hours before your procedure

• Bring your medications with you or a list with the doses noted

• If you are diabetic, ask your doctor if you need to stop any medications

• Plan to have a friend or family member drive you home afterwards

• Arrange for someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours post procedure

• Do not bring valuables with you to the hospital

• Bring an overnight bag with you in case you may need to stay overnight

What will happen once I arrive at the Cardiology day unit?

• You will be asked to change into a hospital gown

• An ECG will be preformed

• An IV cannula will be inserted and blood will be taken to check your kidney function/electrolytes/cholesterol/blood count/glucose

• Your blood pressure /heart rate /temperature and oxygen levels will be measured

• Valuables will be locked up or preferably sent home with family

• Your right wrist and groin will be shaved in preparation for your test

• Please alert staff of any allergies especially to medicine, x-ray dyes, shellfish or iodine

• Please direct any questions you may have to any of the staff

• You will sign a consent agreeing to your procedure

• You will be asked to empty your bladder before your procedure

How is it done?

• You may be given medication to help relax if desired

• Your doctor will numb either your wrist or your groin before inserting a thin tube into your blood vessel

• Catheters will be inserted through the tube into your heart where dye will be injected as x-rays are taken

• By studying the x-rays your doctor will be able to diagnose any blockages that may be present in you arteries

What will I feel?

• Slight “bee sting” as your wrist / groin is being numbed

• Sometimes you may feel a warm sensation in your chest for a few seconds as the dye is injected

• You may feel you have passed water but you haven’t

• Rarely, some chest discomfort / nausea / or palpitations may be experienced

What happens after the procedure?

• All catheters will be removed

• Pressure will be held over the insertion site

• If your wrist is used, a clear pressure band will be applied and you will be able to sit up and eat immediately with slight limitation to your wrist movements

• If your groin is used you must lay flat with your leg still for at least 30 – 60 minutes, minding to keep your head down and to hold pressure over site if you need to cough or sneeze

• You will have your blood pressure and pulses checked frequently

• You will be seen by your doctor to discuss your test results and plan

Non-Invasive Cardiology

Cardiac Catheterisation Lab

Implantation and follow-up checks for:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note you will need a referral letter from your GP
to use any of the services of Beacon Heart Centre