A coronary angiogram is a test to look at the blood vessels of your
heart. These are called the coronary arteries. You may have this test to see if any of these arteries are narrowed or blocked. The test may also be used to measure the pressure in your heart's
chambers. A doctor will insert a thin, flexible tube into a blood
vessel in your upper leg or groin. This tube is called a catheter. In some cases, the doctor may insert the
catheter in a blood vessel near your elbow or wrist.
test, the doctor moves the catheter through the blood vessel and into your
heart. Then the doctor injects a dye into the catheter. This makes your
coronary arteries show up on a screen so the doctor can see any blockage or
narrowing of the arteries.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
procedure can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect and how to safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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