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There are several reasons one may require an angiogram. The individual may be experiencing chest pains, angina, difficulty breathing, or pain in the jaw, neck or arm that the doctor cannot explain with other tests. Sometimes, these issues reveal a heart defect or other problems with the blood vessels. If other tests have had abnormal results or the doctor finds a heart valve issue, the doctor may order an angiogram. Doctors usually perform angiograms after abnormal results from electrocardiograms, stress tests, or echocardiograms.

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1. When to begin fasting

Unlike some procedures that require you to stop eating 12 or 24 hours before your procedure, you can eat up until two hours before the angiogram starts. For many patients, this means a light breakfast before heading to the doctor’s office. Experts do not recommend eating a heavy meal before any procedure.

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