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A peripheral angiogram is test that uses X-rays to make a "map" of the vessels (arteries) in your lower body and legs to help diagnosis peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento provides exceptional diagnostics for our heart and vascular patients. Our cardiologists and physicians use the latest technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis so we can provide you with the best course of treatment available.
Peripheral angiogram uses a catheter and X-rays to help your doctor see areas in your body where blood flow may be blocked. Here's how it is done:
After the procedure, you'll be taken to a recovery area. In the recovery area:
Your doctor will give you care instructions upon your departure. On the day you get home:
Peripheral angiogram poses very little risk to your health, but in very rare cases the catheter used can cause artery damage, or the patient may have an allergic reaction to the dyes that are used. During recovery, call your doctor if:
Before coming in for a peripheral angiogram, arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home. Also be sure you: