Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that may happen, such as:
- Bleeding where the catheter goes in
- Damage to an artery wall
- Heart attack or abnormal heart beats known as arrhythmias
- Allergic reaction to the x-ray dye
- Blood clot formation
Some things that may raise the risk of problems include:
- Allergies to medicines or x-ray dye
- Bleeding problems
- Increased age
- Recent pneumonia
- Recent heart attack
- Kidney disease
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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