Learn about what to expect and how to prepare for your angiogram.


An angiogram is a test to see if you have blockages in the blood vessels that supply the heart. 

If there are blockages, a “stent” (a tiny wire tube) may be placed into the blockage to open the blocked blood vessel.

Angiograms and the stent procedure called PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) are performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Labs. A team of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals carry out the procedures.

Other tests for finding and treating different heart issues are also performed here.

Here is some general information about the angiogram procedure. Please make sure you also refer to the patient resources below for further detail.

Preparing for the test

We will contact you by phone and then send you an information package. The package contains important instructions about your procedure, information about taking your medications. and your procedure date. Please read this information carefully.

Please bring all your medicines in their original packaging. You may need to stop, start, or adjust some of your medicines before the procedure.

You may eat and drink up to 3 hours before your procedure. Your angiogram may be cancelled if you eat after this time.

Angiograms are done in one day. You can expect to return to your local hospital or back home on the same day after your procedure. You may receive medication to help you relax just before the angiogram, but you will be awake throughout the procedure.

On the day of the test

During the test

After the test

Support for Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Wellness Liaison Team is here to support your health journey. Team members offer cultural support and healthcare advocacy. Learn more below or call them at 604-682-2344 ext.62937 or email

  • Indigenous wellness services

    The Indigenous Wellness Team at Providence is available to support Indigenous patients and their families. We are here to coordinate culturally safe wellness supports and services.


Cardiac Short Stay & Outpatient Clinic
5th Floor, Providence Building, St. Paul’s Hospital

  • Follow the blue line to the West Elevator (Providence Building) or take elevators from the Parkade
  • Take elevators to 5th floor (5C) - Cardiac Short Stay & Outpatient Clinics
  • Report to Reception

Transportation & parking

Remember to allow time to get from your car or transit to the hospital. When you arrive at St. Paul’s Hospital, enter through the main doors off Burrard Street. If you are not sure where to go, ask a volunteer or the Information Desk for directions to the Cardiology Short Stay. Tell them you’re here for an angiogram.

Medical & professional referrals