What is the need for a Coronary Angiogram?

What is the need for a Coronary Angiogram?

Do you have chest pain? You might have blocked coronary arteries! Blocked coronary arteries can lead to heart attacks, heart failure or death! Therefore, when you have a chest pain, you should go for a coronary angiogram. A coronary angiogram is necessary to detect various other conditions. What are the conditions? Read on…

The heart is a delicate organ. In some cases, it might suffer from problems. To detect these problems one can need a coronary angiogram.

What is Coronary Angiogram?

A coronary angiogram is a procedure in which X-ray imaging is used to see the heart’s blood vessels.

In a coronary angiogram, a dye is injected in the blood vessels of the heart. This dye that is visible by an X-ray machine. The X-ray machine quickly takes several images. This will give a detailed view of the blood vessels.

This procedure is a part of heart catheterization. Heart catheterization procedures are used to diagnose heart and blood vessel conditions.

What is the need for coronary angiogram?
A doctor might suggest a coronary angiogram during the following conditions:

  • Chest pain
  • Pain in jaw, neck or arm that might indicate a heart disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Problems in blood vessels
  • Chest injury
  • Heart valve that requires surgery
  • Heart failure

How to prepare for coronary angiogram?
Usually the coronary angiograms are performed in the mornings. The general guidelines are as follows:

  • The person undergoing coronary angiogram should not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the angiogram since angiograms are usually scheduled in the mornings.
  • The person undergoing angiography should take all his medications to the hospital and consult doctor on which medicines he can consume.
  • If the person undergoing coronary angiogram is a diabetic, then he should consult his doctor on whether he should take insulin and oral medicines before the angiogram or not.

Prior to the angiography, the vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse etc. will be checked. Also the medical history including the allergies and medications will be checked.

The person undergoing the angiogram should be emptying his bladder before the angiogram. He should handout his eye lenses, jewellery etc before undergoing the angiogram.

What can be the results after a coronary angiogram?
After the doctor carries out an angiogram, he can know the condition of the blood vessels of the patient.
With the help of an angiogram, a doctor will be able to check the following conditions:

  • The location of blockages in the blood vessels
  • Amount of blood flow blocked through the blood vessels
  • Number of blocked coronary arteries
  • Number of coronary arteries blocked by fatty plaques
  • Patient’s condition after he underwent coronary bypass surgery

Depending on the above factors, the doctor will take the required step. The doctor will firstly analyze the condition of heart and will tell the patient about the danger the heart is posing to the body. The doctor will then tell the treatment required to repair the condition of the heart. For example the doctor might suggest a coronary angioplasty to unblock the coronary arteries. This angioplasty can be performed along with the angiogram.

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