Since being diagnosed (over the phone!) with suspected angina last November I've been waiting for an angiogram appointment, that day is nearly here! I go in on Monday and am feeling more than a little anxious! I know a lot of people here have had at least 1 and I shouldn't worry so much but my stomach knots up just thinking about it (or writing this!) I've had an x-ray and echo and both have been considered 'normal' whatever that means.
So a few questions!
Are there any 'dos and don'ts' with regards to the whole process etc?
I've been told my appointment is 9am but don't know if that's when I have the process, I hope it's not much later as I've been told to have a light breakfast at 7am and I do get lightheaded if I have too long between meals. I guess a light breakfast is a bowl of cereal/porridge or toast etc and not a full English? Why is this? Not that I have a big breakfast anyway!
I've been told to wear loose clothing but also to take dressing gown and slippers, is this because I'll wear a hospital gown?
Apparently I'll have to wait on the ward for about 3 hrs post procedure, can I get up and walk - like to the loo! - or is it strict bed rest? I can't take my phone or iPad so I guess I'll be reading a big chunk of my book!
I'm on low dose aspirin but haven't been told to stop taking it, did anyone else who takes it have to stop before an angio?
As I tend to konk out if I take any form of meds supposed to just make me drowsy I don't really want a sedative, is it ok to take a natural calming tincture with aspirin, Atorvastatin and Bedranol ?
That's all I can think of for now but anything else I may find useful please let me know!
I'm hoping once this is done I will finally get to talk to someone about all this as so far I've not even spoken to a doctor since diagnosis let alone a cardiologist.
Thanks in advance, Debbie. x