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Coronary Angiogram

When do I need to take this Test?

Angina is a pain that comes from the heart. The usual cause of an angina is due to narrowing of one or more of your coronary arteries. The arteries can get blocked with fat cells or some hard stuff called plaque. This stuff can block the flow of blood to your heart muscle.

What is a Coronary Angiogram?

A coronary angiogram is a special x-ray test. It is done to find the spot where one of the arteries of your heart is clogged, after injecting a radio-opaque dye.

    What Happens in the Test?
  • You may be given medicine to relax you.
  • You go to the "cath lab".
  • You lie, on a hard table near a camera and other equipments.
  • Your doctor numbs a spot on your groin or arm under local anaesthesia and inserts a thin tube or catheter into an artery and up to the heart.
  • Special fluid goes through the catheter, so arteries show up well on the x-ray.
  • Many x-rays are taken as the fluid goes through the artery.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath or cough.
  • By studying the x-ray, the doctor can see if there are any problems with your coronary arteries.
    Post Test Expectations:
  • You will talk to your doctor about the results.
  • You will be asked to lie quietly on your back for several hours.
  • The area where the catheter was placed will be tender.
  • There may be slight bruise and you might feel a lump. There may be bleeding, swelling, numbness or tingling around the spot where the catheter was placed.

Most people are able to resume their normal activities the next day.

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