Risks and Complications of Angiography
Angiography is safe. But any procedure has risks and possible complications. Below are common risks for angiography. They vary based on the part of the body being looked at. Discuss the risks with your health care provider. Be sure you understand them before you agree to have the procedure.
Possible Risks and Complications
The risks and possible complications for your procedure include the boxes checked below:
Bleeding or bruising at the insertion site
Tearing or cracking of the artery lining
Blood clots. In rare instances, these may be so severe that your leg may be at risk. Your doctor may have to immediately perform an operation to remove the clot.
Allergic reaction or kidney problems from the X-ray dye
Heart attack, stroke, or death (very rare)
The need for emergency cardiac or leg surgery (very rare)
Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
Impaired kidney function (very rare)
Be Sure to Tell Your Doctor
It is important that you tell your doctor:
The names of all medications you take. This should include herbs, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs.
If you have had a reaction in the past to contrast dye or any medications
If you are pregnant or think you could be pregnant. The procedure may need to wait until after the baby is born.
If you have problems with your kidney functions.