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anyone had a angiogram (artery) or surgery to clear carotid artery?

(5 Posts)
lilsmum Sun 26-Jun-05 12:45:58

anyone any experience or advice?

tia x

noddyholder Sun 26-Jun-05 13:04:51

I had an angiogram They numb your groin and you are awake throughout the procedure It is painless although you can feel them guiding the wire When it gets close to the heart they said that I may experience a sensation of fluttering but I felt nothing The whole thing can be seen on a screen above your bed and you can watch it I did it passed the time It is really nothing to worry about I was petrified on the day but it really was fine At the end they press HARD! on the wound to stop bleeding and I think I had to lie still for about 6 hours afterward What are you having done Is it the balloon thing?

misdee Sun 26-Jun-05 13:36:21

dh has had several angio's, if they go well they take about45-60mins. he has to lie still for 2hours,

noddyholder Sun 26-Jun-05 13:48:26

misdee you are probably right about the 2 hrs I can't remember but I think my transplant meds make me more likely to bleed so is longer in my case

lilsmum Sun 26-Jun-05 13:49:56

thanks, the angiogram i gotta have is the dye one to check a narrowing they have found in carotid artery.

the surgery is to unblock/widen the artery as i am suffering with TIA's (mini strokes)

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