What is a coronary angiography?
A coronary angiogram is done by injecting dye into the heart arteries that shows up on X-ray images. Your cardiologist may also measure the blood flow and blood pressure in the heart chambers during this test.
What’s involved in coronary angiography?
We know from our experience that better care means treating you as a person, not a disease. Our hard work and experience every day means we also understand what it takes to treat your disease in the best way possible.
Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect during the procedure.
- You might be asked to have blood tests before the angiogram.
- You will lie on an examination table which is near an x-ray camera and be given a sedative.
- Adhesive discs called electrodes are placed on your chest. These electrodes have wires call leads, which attach to an ECG machine to monitor your heart rhythm during the test.
- A small incision is made in your leg or forearm or, most commonly, wrist where the cardiologist will insert a catheter and guide it up to your heart. (A local anaesthetic is used to numb this area.)
- Dye is then injected so your cardiologist can examine the actual flow of blood through your coronary arteries.
- This information is recorded and shown on a monitor.
- You will move to a recovery room where you will need to rest for a couple of hours.
- After this time of rest you will be able to go home.
Because it’s your life.
Life doesn’t stop when you’re going through treatment. We think that’s a good thing.
Usually your doctor will have the results at the end of the test. They will advise you about any further treatments required or changes to existing therapies. You may be advised to discuss the results of your coronary angiogram with your usual cardiologist if they have not undertaken the procedure themselves.
To help make sure you can carry on with your normal routine, as much as possible we’ll arrange appointment times to suit you. We’ll also give you support on how to deal with any side effects from your treatment.
After the procedure, avoid lifting anything heavy. You must not drive for 24 hours and be gentle with the puncture site.