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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.
Joaquin Solis, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Call your doctor after an angiogram, angioplasty, or electrophysiology study if you have:

  • Bleeding from the site. If bleeding occurs, lie down and apply firm pressure about two fingers above the site. Call 911 and keep pressure on the site.
  • Numbness, tingling, or color change in the leg or arm used for the puncture site
  • Increasing pain and firmness near the puncture site
  • A temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Redness around the site
  • Drainage from the site

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