What Are the Risks?
Although these are safe procedures in the vast majority of patients, because we are placing equipment in and around the heart
there is always a very small risk of complications. The most serious complications related to the procedure include stroke, death or a heart attack. Other potential complications include bruising at
the point we where access the heart (either at the wrist or the top of the leg), bleeding, or an allergic reaction to the contrast dye that is given. Sometimes, if you have impaired kidney function
we will need to monitor your blood tests for several days afterwards as there can be some deterioration following the procedure. For a coronary angiogram alone the overall risk of complications
is about 1 in 600 and for a stent insertion is 1 in 200, although it may be more than this in certain high-risk situations. Your doctor will discuss this with you in detail beforehand. If you have
any concerns about any of these risks it is important to highlight this to the healthcare professional looking after you so that these can be clarified before you come for your procedure. It should
be remembered that if you have severe disease affecting your heart then the risks of not treating it might be substantially higher than the small potential risks from the