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
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