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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 a dye was inserted into the catheter. The dye flowed 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 bulging, 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 put in, and you may feel sore for a few days. 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 as possible.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
If you are bleeding more than is normal or have a fast-growing, painful lump at the catheter site, call 911 and do the following:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice 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 advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 12/12/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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