What is an angiogram?

Check out your blood vessels

A diagnostic test that doctors use to identify blocked or narrow blood vessels is called an angiogram, in other words, X-rays of the blood vessels. These X-rays provide images of the blood vessels in many different organs, and in patients with PAD, the focus is on the lower extremities, the legs, and the feet.

Used to Diagnose:

- Aneurysms - Atherosclerosis - Pulmonary Embolisms/Blood Clots - Vascular Stenosis - Congenital Abnormalities

How are angiograms performed?

Traditional angiograms are performed by inserting a catheter into an artery located in the arm, upper thigh, or groin. Contrast dye is injected into the catheter and X-rays of the blood vessels are taken.

What are the risks?

There is a very low risk associated with patients and angiograms in terms of developing major complications afterward. That being said, the more invasive the procedure, for instance utilizing a catheter in the heart, does have some risks. Other risks can be associated with renal failure and allergies to contrast dyes. If you or a patient you’re advocating for has a sensitivity be sure to share this information with your vascular specialist in order to facilitate accommodations. Read the full blog for more info: