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The angiogram, it takes approximately 20 minutes but you're wide awake. You can have a sedative if you want one, but you go down to the, it's like a theatre and they put a catheter in through your groin which goes into the heart, and then they inject dye so it can see if there's any blockages in your arteries.
And you just lie there flat and they, they give you a local anaesthetic so you don't feel a thing. And you can see on the monitor where the dye is going and it's quite interesting, actually. The only thing, you have like this hot flush and it's, it goes all through you, this warm feeling, it doesn't hurt or nothing but it's just this warm feeling all through your body [for about two minutes].
And you have that, but [the angiogram] it only lasts about 20 minutes and then you have to go back to the ward. And you have to lie flat for a couple of hours and they, because they've cut into your artery, they just make sure that that's not going to bleed.
And then after, I think it's about 4 hours, all told, and you can, I think you can get out of bed then. I'm not 100%, I think it's about 4 hours, and you can get out of bed. And you're not long in going home, it's only a day thing and it's nothing to be frightened of, it's fine.