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A coronary angiogram is a procedure that uses X-ray imaging to find out if your coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked, where and by how much. It is a part of a general group of procedures called cardiac (heart) catheterizations, which can diagnose and treat blood vessel and heart conditions. A coronary angiogram is the most common type of cardiac catheterization procedure.
A coronary angiogram can be used to diagnose conditions of the heart, plan future treatments, and complete certain procedures. Your doctor may recommend the procedure if you have:
Pain in your chest, neck, arm, or jaw that cannot be explained by other tests
Symptoms of coronary artery disease, such as angina (chest pain)
New or increasing chest pain
A congenital heart disease (a heart defect you were born with)
A chest injury or blood vessel problems
A heart valve problem.
In some cases, your doctor may also suggest this procedure if they found something abnormal in a noninvasive heart stress test. The procedure can also be performed after a heart attack or to plan surgical procedures, such as coronary angioplasty and where blocked or narrowed blood vessels are widened.
Most people are able to get back to work (office work) within 1-2 days. However, you may feel a little bit tired and the wound site is likely to remain tender for around seven days. It is advisable that you avoid any strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting and vigorous exercise, for at least a week.
A coronary angiogram is a safe and practical procedure. According to a study, the procedure has a success rate of around 97.6%.
As with all procedures, there are some risks you need to be aware of. These include allergy to the contrast dye, bleeding, and damage to the artery, heart attack, kidney damage, and stroke. However, the chance of any of these risks happening is low.