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Overview: An angiogram is a test that uses X-rays and dye to help your doctor find narrowed or blocked areas in one or more of the arteries that supply blood to your legs. The test is also called an arteriogram. Doctors use an angiogram if they think blood is not flowing in the arteries present in your legs or, in rare cases, in your arms. The angiogram helps you and your doctor decide if a surgical procedure like angioplasty or bypass surgery is needed to open the blocked arteries.Learn More
A small cut (incision) will be made near the groin. A local anaesthesia will be given to numb the skin over an artery and then your doctor will make a needle puncture through your skin and into your artery. He/she will insert a long, thin tube called a catheter into the artery. A small amount of dye will be inserted into the catheter which is required to identify narrowed or blocked sections of your arteries on X-rays. Your doctor will be able to see live images of the arteries on a TV-like monitor, and use them as a guide to decide the course of treatment.
Serious risks and complications from angiograms are very unlikely. But in rare cases:
You will be advised to take fibre rich food to avoid constipationLearn Less
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