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An angiogram has a stated risk (NHS website) of 1/500 patients having a stroke or heart attack during the procedure. That does not seem very safe to me, especially as these figures do not take account of perforated blood vessels, reactions to contrast dye or heavy bleeding at wound site.
I was told by my baffoon of a cardiologist that 'I had JUST ABOUT convinced him that I was a candidate for an angiogram. When I asked why he replied that he was putting me forward as I am a smoker. I have not smoked for 23 years. I do not drink, my weight and cholesterol is within normal range, I exercise and have a healthy diet. I also have hyper alderesterone and a GP who refused to treat my high BP for several years as he said I was 'Doing it to myself.'
Eye sight and possible heart damage and now being bullied into having a risky procedure on the whim of a consultant who thinks I am a smoker when I am not. Hardly inspires confidence.
Have asked for a ct angiogram or just for the opportunity to discuss why this is not an option in my case but am met with 'It was the consultants decision and he must have had a good reason for making that decision''
Now the Endocrinologist is insisting I have the angiogram before he will proceed with further treatment for the hyper alderesteronism.
I suppose they have to their develop their skills for their private patients by practicing on someone.
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