The heart’s arterial blood vessels can be obstructed due to cholesterol accumulation which is termed as Coronary Artery Disease. To help diagnose this, a procedure named Angiography is performed where X-ray is done to scan for any blockages during blood circulation in the heart. The imaging results from this angiography is known as Angiogram. This method is also known as cardiac catheterization.
HOW DOES IT WORK
For an angiogram the doctor would inject a safe for human type of a dye through a catheter in the blood vessels of the heart. This dye when it flows through the bloodstream and comes in contact with the blood vessels, it is clearly visible through an X-Ray machine. This set of images(angiogram) helps the doctor to analyze the severity of the coronary artery disease.
WHEN & WHY IS IT DONE
The doctor would prescribe for undergoing an angiogram under conditions when a patient experiences the following scenarios:
The process of angiogram would generally take about 30 minutes to an hour. Procedure might extend depending upon the condition of the patient and the requirement of placement of a stent.
After the whole process the patient will be kept in observation for a few hours and based upon the observation’s reports the patient would be discharged within the same day or the next day. Then a follow up appointment of a timely period is scheduled by the doctor. Apart from that a healthy lifestyle is suggested with a decent amount of exercise and quitting any forms of intoxications such as alcohol, tobacco consumption or smoking, respectively.