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Angiography is generally a very safe procedure, although minor side effects are common and there's a small risk of serious complications.

The test will only be done if the benefits of having the procedure are felt to outweigh any potential risk.

Speak to your doctor about the risks involved with having an angiogram.

Side effects

After an angiogram, many people have:

These problems should improve in a few days or weeks and aren't usually anything to worry about.

You can take painkillers such as paracetamol for any discomfort if you need to.


Most people who have an angiogram won't experience any complications, but there is a small chance of minor or serious complications occurring.

Possible minor complications include:

Possible serious complications include:

These serious complications are very rare. For example, an estimated 1 in 1,000 people will have a stroke, and approximately 1 in 50,000 to 150,000 people will develop anaphylaxis.

When to get medical help

Contact your GP or the hospital for advice if: