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.
During the 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 or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology & Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine
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