Left heart catheterization (angiogram)
Q: Where will my angiogram be done?
A: At a local hospital depending on your insurance.
Q: Will I stay the night?
A: Depending on the outcome of procedure
Q: Will I be given anesthesia?
A: Local anesthesia and sedation.
Q: Can I drive myself to the appointment?
A: No, you will need to arrange for a ride.
Q: How much time will I need to stay off work?
A: Depending on the outcome of the procedure.
Q: Can my family be present during the angiogram?
A: Yes, in the designated family waiting room.
Q: Can I take all my medications?
A: Refer to instructions given at the time of scheduling.
Q: Do I need to fast?
A: Yes, nothing to eat after midnight.
Q: What if I am allergic to Iodine?
A: Please notify your cardiologist.  
Q: What does the pre-op consist of?
A: Blood work, pre-registration, and an EKG.

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Q: How long will I stay in the hospital?
A: Overnight
Q: How long will my arm be in a sling?
A: One week
Q: How often will my device need to be read?
A: After initial reading, every 3-4 months.
Q: Will I be able to drive after my procedure?
A: Not for 7-10 days after procedure.


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