Adult Angiogram Discharge Instructions
The following are instructions from the physician for care after an angiogram.
The Day of the Angiogram
- Light activity
- No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 2 days
Diet and Medications:
- Increase your fluid intake.
- If you have kidney disease or congestive heart failure, check with your primary doctor first.
- Resume your usual diet and medications unless instructed otherwise.
- You may shower.
- No tub or jacuzzi baths for 10 days.
The Day After the Angiogram
- Gradually increase activity.
- You may return to work if you do non-strenuous activities.
- Avoid heavy lifting or exercise.
Care of Puncture Site:
- You may shower.
- After showering, gently pat area dry around puncture site.
- Place a Band-Aid over the puncture site.
- Keep clean and dry.
- Apply a clean Band-Aid until the area is healed.
Second Day after the Angiogram
- Resume usual activities.
- Return to work unless otherwise instructed.
- Avoid strenuous exercise of excessive bending at the groin.
If any of the following symptoms occur, call your physician or the Interventional Radiology department at St. Joseph Hospital at 714-771-8000 ext. 17865. Or, go immediately to the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department. If you experience a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
- Pain, numbness, coolness or weakness in your leg.
- Redness, swelling or bleeding at the puncture site.
- Bloody drainage that leaks around or soaks through the Band-Aid dressing.
- Green or yellow drainage from the puncture site.
- Temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Future Appointments and Treatment:
- Please contact your referring physician for a follow-up appointment to discuss the results of your angiogram.
- If unable to contact your referring physician, please call the Interventional Radiologist in the Interventional Radiology department at 714-771-8000, ext. 17865.