- What anesthesia will be used?
Local anesthesia will be used at the catheter insertion site.
- Will I be able to talk during the test?
Yes, it will be important for you to communicate with the cardiologist.
- Can I see the x-ray pictures during the test?
Yes, you may look on the TV screen above the table where you will be lying.
- What if I have pain in my arm/groin?
Tell the doctor, and additional medicine will be given to you.
- What if I have chest pain?
Tell the doctor. You will be given medicine either orally or through your IV.
- Will I feel the tubes?
No, not after they are inserted.
- How will the dye affect me?
You may feel warm when the dye is injected.
- How long will the test take?
Normally between 30 and 40 minutes.
- Will I have to lie still?
Yes. But you will be able to change your position if necessary to be more comfortable.
- What if I have to urinate during the test?
You will be given a urinal or low-profile bedpan.