Synonyms: Cardiac Angiography, Angiogram
Coronary Angiography is a procedure in which a non-ionic contrast dye is injected into the coronary arteries. This allows your cardiologist to visualize the coronary arteries on an x-ray and view the flow of blood through them.
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Cost of procedure performed in the US: $3,000 to $6,000.
All prices are in US dollars and include the cost of the procedure and minimum hospital stay. Estimates and minimum hospital stay will vary depending upon individual needs and requirements.
A mild sedative is injected intravenously to help you relax before Coronary Angiography procedure. During the Coronary Angiography, a thin wire called catheter is threaded through a blood vessel either in your groin or arm after disinfecting and injecting local anesthetic at the site of insertion. The catheter is carefully threaded through your coronary arteries under guidance of an x-ray machine which shows real time images as the procedure of Coronary Angiography is being conducted. A contrast dye is injected in to the catheter and an x-ray machine records images or 'angiograms'. These angiograms can either be stored as x-ray images on films or they can be archived in the form of digital images on a computer. The procedure of Coronary Angiography may last from one to several hours. During the procedure of Coronary Angiography, you might experience some flushing and / or palpitation which will subside quickly.
If you have chest pain which may or may not be increasing in intensity and duration, if you have unexplained pain in your jaw, neck or arm, if you have congenital heart disease or congestive heart failure, if you are planning to have heart valve surgery, if you have problems with your blood vessels like aortic aneurysm, if you have suffered a traumatic injury to your chest, then you are an ideal candidate for Coronary Angiography.
Coronary Angiography is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It is recommended that you restrict your food and water intake for at least 8 - 10 hours before the procedure. Coronary Angiography is performed in the Cath. Lab. of a hospital. Remember to take all your medications to the hospital and also remember to discuss about your insulin needs (if any) with your surgeon before the Coronary Angiography procedure.
Following Coronary Angiography, you will either return to your own room or stay in the recovery room where your heart will be monitored closely. When the Coronary Angiography is over, the catheter may or may not be removed. It is recommended that you drink plenty of fluids to help your kidneys flush out the contrast dye that was used for Coronary Angiography procedure. You may be discharged from the hospital same day or following day after the Coronary Angiography.
Coronary Angiography is a relatively harmless procedure that can unfold tremendous amount of information and detail about the structure and function of your coronary arteries. Coronary Angiography is a diagnostic procedure that is used to confirm the diagnosis of the diseases affecting your heart and blood vessels. This procedure is also used to determine the extent and severity of your disease, and to help plan your treatment.
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