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  • Preparing for an Angiogram

    • Inform the doctor ordering the test if you are taking any medications that thin the blood. This includes Coumadin and Lovenox. If you take an aspirin a day, that is not a problem. If you are taking a medication that thins the blood and your doctor hasn't advised you to stop taking it prior to the procedure, please call us at 401-444-5194.
    • If you have had an allergic reaction to x-ray "contrast" or "dye" in the past, call us at 401-444-5194.
    • Don't eat anything after midnight the night before your scheduled angiogram. Medications may be taken with a sip of water. If you are on insulin, take only half of your usual dose on the morning of the procedure.
    • If you are taking any medications regularly, please bring either the medications themselves or a list of these medications and their doses with you to the hospital on the morning of the procedure.
    • If you take insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents, only take half of your regular morning dose on the day of the procedure, as you will not be eating breakfast the day of the procedure and your blood sugar might get too low if you take a full dose.

    For more information about vascular and interventional radiology at Rhode Island Hospital, call 401-444-5194 or e-mail