A carotid angiogram is a test (also called a procedure) to look at the large blood vessels in your neck that carry blood to your brain (carotid arteries). The doctor put a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your groin. In some cases, the doctor puts the catheter in a blood vessel in your arm or shoulder. You may have had this test to see if a carotid artery is narrowed or blocked.
Your groin or arm may have a bruise and feel sore for a day or two after a carotid angiogram. You can do light activities around the house but nothing 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 get 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 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 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
June 4, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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