Coronary angiography is a diagnostic procedure to evaluate the blood flow through the arteries with the help of dye and X-rays. It helps cardiologists detect the presence and extent of blockage in the coronary artery. If the blockage is detected in the angiography results, the cardiologists may recommend the patients undergo Percutaneous Intervention (PCI) to remove the blockage and restore blood flow.
Coronary angiography is a medical procedure that uses X-ray imaging to visualize the blood vessels in your heart. It helps doctors diagnose and evaluate conditions such as blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries.
During a coronary angiography, a thin tube called a catheter is inserted into an artery, usually through the wrist or groin. The catheter is carefully guided to your heart, where contrast dye is injected. X-rays are then taken to create detailed images of your coronary arteries.
Your doctor may recommend a coronary angiography if you have symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, or abnormal stress test results. It can help determine if there are any blockages in your arteries that require further treatment.
You will be given local anesthesia during the procedure, so you shouldn't feel any pain at the insertion site. However, you may experience some pressure or discomfort when the catheter is being threaded through the blood vessels.
While complications are rare, there are potential risks involved with any invasive procedure. These can include bleeding at the insertion site, damage to blood vessels or organs, allergic reactions to contrast dye, and rarely infection or stroke. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you before proceeding with the procedure.