What is Coronary Angiogram?
Coronary angiography is an invasive test used to visualise the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. The procedure requires the injection of a special dye through a catheter (small tube) into the large artery in the wrist or occasionally in the groin. This minimally invasive procedure is performed when patient is awake under local anaesthesia. The catheter is placed at the openings of the coronary arteries before the dye is injected.
Why is Coronary Angiogram required?
Coronary angiography is an effective way to accurately detect any narrowing or blockage in the coronary arteries and other abnormalities that may be present. It allows doctor to determine the treatment that finds most appropriate to a patient. Cardiologist performs a coronary angiogram prior to angioplasty and stenting to visualise a route to guide the procedure.