Going home after your angiogram

Going home after your angiogram

Going home after your angiogram

You have just had an angiogram. It is important for your safety that you follow the instructions below for the next 48 hours.

You should rest for the remainder of the day and possibly for the next day, depending on your recovery. You should also:

  • Have someone stay with you overnight
  • Eat and drink normally
  • Take your usual pain relief as prescribed if you have any pain
  • Continue with your normal medication as prescribed, but if you take metformin or anti diabetic tablets, please follow diabetologists instructions.
  • Follow the instructions and medications in the discharge document.
  • Not shower for at least 24 hours following the procedure or bathe for at least 48 hours following the procedure. Keep a regular check on the puncture site where you had the angiogram. To give the puncture site time to heal, do not:
  • Drive for 48 hours after the procedure
  • Do any form of strenuous exercise for 48 hours after the procedure.

You can resume your normal activities after 48 hours as instructed by your treating physician.

What if I have a problem at home?

You may notice some bruising at the puncture site. Bleeding or swelling is rare but if it does happen, lie down and apply pressure directly on the site for ten minutes. If the bleeding or swelling continues after ten minutes, go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department taking this sheet with you.


Post-procedure information to be presented to a doctor if attending A&E.

Patient’s name: _____________________________                                         

Date of birth:    ______________                                                                                                                                                     Hospital number:  ____________                                                                                                                                                      Date of procedure: ____________

Summary of the procedure:

Doctor’s name: _______________________________________                                   Doctor’s signature: _______________


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