A brain angiogram (cerebral angiogram) is a test (also called a procedure) that looks for problems with blood vessels and blood flow in the brain. The doctor inserted a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your groin. Or the
doctor may have put the catheter in a blood vessel in your arm.
Then he or she injected a dye into the catheter. The dye flows into the blood vessel. The dye made the blood vessels show up on a video screen.
You may have had this test to see if a blood vessel in the brain is
narrowed, or blocked.
The test may also be used to check other symptoms, such as unusual headaches, or to check problems found during a different test.
You may have a bruise where the catheter was inserted, and you may feel sore for a day or two after a brain angiogram. You can do light activities around the house. But don't do anything strenuous for several days.
This care sheet gives you a
general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person
recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure
to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
June 4, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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