When should I call my doctor after an angiogram or angioplasty?
After you return to your home, you may notice a bruise in the area where the doctor inserted the catheter. It is caused by blood that has escaped from the vessel under the skin. A small -- and sometimes larger -- bruise is normal. It is not necessary to report bruising to your doctor, even if the area is large. Usually, it clears up over a period of one to three weeks.

You should call the doctor or nurse practitioner if you have:
  • Bleeding, drainage or painful swelling at the site where the catheter was inserted.
  • Swelling or weakness and/or numbness in the leg or arm in which the catheter was inserted.

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