Why an I having a Coronary Angiography?
Your doctor may consider doing cardiac catheterization if you have had any of the following:
- A heart attack
- Chest pain, chest tightness or discomfort
- pains in the arm, jaw, throat or shoulders.
- Increased shortness of breath.
- Irregular heart beats.
- Heart murmur
- Abnormal preliminary investigations
What is Cardiac Catheterisation?
Cardiac catheterisation or an "angiogram" is an investigation performed on people with suspected or symptomatic heart disease. if there are indications that your coronary arteries may have become narrowed or blocked, the exact position and severity of the narrowing or blockage needs to be known in order that he most appropriate treatment can eb decided for you.
The investigation is also performed to find any heart muscle abnormalities and to examine heart valves.
Cardaic Catheterisation is performed under local anesthetic. A long thin tube is inserted (usually into the femoral artery and / or vein in the groin) and positioned in the heart. The procedure is also performed through the radial artery (wrist). A special contrast (dye) is then injected through the catheter into the three main coronary arteries, this picture is then recorded.
As well as views of the coronary arteries, heart muscle function and heart valves can be assessed.