Most people are able to go home on the same day the procedure is carried out, although you'll need to arrange a lift home from a family member or friend.
You should also make sure that someone stays with you overnight in case you experience any problems.
Most people feel fine a day or so after having the procedure. You may feel a bit tired, and the wound site is likely to be tender for up to a week.
Any bruising may last for up to 2 weeks.
You'll be advised about things to do or avoid during your recovery before leaving hospital.
Examples of advice you may be given include:
- Avoid having a bath for a day or two. You can still take a shower, but try to keep the wound as dry as possible.
- If you have a plaster on your groin, it can be removed the day after the procedure and it doesn't usually need to be replaced.
- Don't drive until told that it's safe to do so, which may not be for up to 3 days.
- Avoid playing sport, excessive activity or lifting anything heavy for about 2 days.
Call your GP or NHS 111 if you have concerns about your wound or recovery in general.
When to seek medical advice
Contact your GP if you experience:
- any increase in pain, swelling, redness or discharge at the wound site
- a hard, tender lump (larger than the size of a pea) under the skin around your wound
- a high temperature (fever)
- discolouration, coldness or numbness in the leg or arm on the same side of the body where the catheter was inserted
If you experience any bleeding from your wound, apply pressure to the area.
If the bleeding from your wound doesn't stop or restarts after applying pressure for 10 minutes, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Getting the results
A copy of your angiography results will be sent to your GP and referring specialist (if appropriate).
Depending on the results, you may be advised to: