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What to expect following your Angiogram/Angioplasty procedure

Patient information A-Z

A guide for outpatients

This leaflet has been produced to answer some of the more common questions you may have following your angiogram or angioplasty.

Post procedure

We recommend you do not undertake strenuous activity and rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure.

Can I drive home afterwards?

No, we recommend that you do not drive for 24 hours. You should make alternative arrangements to travel home such as asking a friend or relative to drive you back following your procedure.

Possible problems

Bruising is very common following an angioplasty. If the bruising is excessive or a small lump develops in your groin, contact your GP.

If you feel unwell, dizzy or light headed following your discharge from hospital, come to the emergency department. If there is active bleeding, which does not stop, press firmly in your groin and come to the emergency department.


You may receive a telephone call from a vascular surgery nurse specialist.

You should receive an appointment from your referring doctor a few weeks after the procedure.

Further information or comments

Please contact angiography reception on 01223 348920 if you have any queries, or if you have any comments or feedback regarding this procedure or this information leaflet.

Privacy & dignity

Same sex bays and bathrooms are offered in all wards except critical care and theatre recovery areas where the use of high-tech equipment and/or specialist one to one care is required.

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Contact us

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151