A angiogram may be a common test for people with possible heart symptoms. Professor Julian Gunn explains the various types of angiogram to Senior Cardiac Nurse Emily Reeve.

You’d usually have an angiogram because you’ve got signs of coronary heart disease (CHD), like chest pain, and sometimes because other tests, like an electrocardiogram (ECG), have suggested you would possibly have CHD.

CHD is caused by the build-up of fatty deposits within the coronary arteries. This reduces the blood flow to the guts and leads to a number of problems, including angina or in additional serious cases a heart attack.

An interventional cardiologist performs an angiogram. Interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons perform angiograms of outermost arteries. Interventional neurologists perform cerebral angiograms. The provider who performs the angiogram can study your images and identify problem areas.

An angiogram involves injecting contrast material (dye) that your provider can see with an X-ray machine.

You should be able to go home the same day as your angiogram procedure, whether or not you had angioplasty and stenting. Because you received anesthesia, you’ll need someone to drive you home.

After you get home, don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds or stoop or bend for the subsequent two days. this could keep your incision from bleeding.

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