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Risks

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

You'll only have the procedure if the benefits outweigh any potential risk.

Speak to your doctor about the risks with having angiography.

Side effects

After angiography, many people have:

These problems should improve in a few days or weeks and are not usually anything to worry about.

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

Complications

Most people who have angiography do not have complications, but there's a small chance of minor or more serious complications.

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 that causes permanent numbness or weakness (paralysis) after having angiography.

When to get medical help

Contact a GP or the hospital for advice if: