A coronary angiogram, also known as a coronary angiography, is a procedure that employs contrast dye and X-ray images to show the coronary arteries, the blood veins that supply your heart. The goal of the procedure is to find coronary artery blockages. The procedure known as a coronary angiogram is used to both diagnose and treat diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels.

Why Is It Done?

If you are having any of the below given conditions, it will be advised that you get an angiography:

  • Signs of coronary artery disease
  • Chest ache that is getting worse
  • Birth heart defect
  • Abnormal findings from non-invasive cardiac testing
  • Chest injury or any blood vessel issue
  • Heart valve issue requiring surgery
What happens during the process?

A little tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel through the wrist or groyne. After the catheter is inserted, contrast injection and X-ray images are taken. Your doctor may occasionally decide that additional treatment (such as the installation of a stent) is necessary to expand the restricted artery. This is because an X-ray machine may pick up on this fluid and that your doctor may see the flow and identify any obstructions. After the operation, the catheter is removed.

How much time will it take?

Typically, angiograms last between 30 and 60 minutes. However, it will take longer if your doctor completes any extra procedures.

Following the procedure, what happens?

For a while, you'll be watched, and we'll monitor your vital signs. You will be advised to walk. Drink plenty of water to remove dye from your body. Based on the information you provide, your doctor will inform you of any possible treatment options. You could be released the same day or advised to stay in the hospital overnight. It will be decided upon how to schedule a follow-up appointment.

What Findings Does an Angiogram Display?

The reports outline how many coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked, as well as how much blood flow is obstructed by the blood vessels. Blockages in your blood vessels can be found by your doctor. The blood flow through your heart and blood arteries as well as the outcomes of any past coronary bypass surgery are also checked.

How Useful Is an Angiogram?

Angiograms aid in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disorders, congenital anomalies of the heart or blood vessels, the detection of any blood vessel abnormalities (such as plaque deposit or blood clots), the evaluation of your health prior to surgery, and the verification of stent implantation.


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