Coronary Angiography

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Coronary Angiography
Coronary Angiography

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The coronary angiography – An old-timer in great shape

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In my opinion, the invasive coronary angiography will remain the cornerstone of coronary artery disease evaluation for the foreseeable future. Its role in acute coronary syndromes…

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 The coronary angiography – An old-timer in great shape

The invasive coronary angiography is the gold standard in coronary artery disease evaluation. It is one of the most common operative procedures worldwide. This topic covered in detail would be extensive and the author provides his own, personal view of the indications, technique and complications of this diagnostic test.


Coronary angiography is only one method used to diagnose a variety of heart and vascular diseases, disorders and conditions. You should discuss different screening options with your doctor or healthcare provider to best understand which option is right for you.

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Angiography is a way to examine the inside of your heart's blood vessels using special X-rays. Find out what you can expect when you have the procedure.


Coronary angiography also might be done on an emergency basis, such as during a heart attack. If angiography shows blockages in your coronary arteries, your doctor may do a procedure called angioplasty (AN-jee-oh-plas-tee). This procedure can open blocked heart arteries and prevent further heart damage.


Some people get a short angina-type pain during angiography. This soon goes. The dye may give you a hot, flushing feeling when it is injected. Many people also describe a warm feeling in the groin when the dye is injected - as if they have 'wet themselves'. These feelings last just a few seconds (and the operator will tell you when they are about to inject the dye). Rarely, some people have an allergic reaction to the dye.

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