If you’re suffering from chest pain or other signs of cardiovascular disease or blocked arteries, your cardiologist may suggest a cardiac angiogram to evaluate your health and search for blockages in your blood vessels. The experts at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center in Frontenac, Missouri, use minimally invasive cardiac angiogram procedures to assess your health and guide surgical procedures to treat blocked arteries. Call or schedule an appointment online today for state-of-the-art cardiovascular care.
A cardiac angiogram is a minimally invasive catheterization procedure that allows your cardiologist to identify and assess blockages in your blood vessels. Your doctor uses a contrast dye and X-rays to monitor your blood flow and locate blockages that are interfering with your cardiovascular and overall health.
Your cardiologist may recommend a cardiac angiogram if you’re experiencing symptoms that indicate a blockage such as chest pain or pain in your jaw, neck, or arms. They may also suggest the procedure if you had abnormal results from a stress test.
ou may also need an angiogram if you have a congenital heart defect or have had a previous cardiac condition or surgery.
Your cardiologist will give you specific instructions. However, in most cases, you’ll need to avoid eating for up to eight hours before your procedure. Make sure to give your cardiologist a list of all of the medications you take, including vitamins and supplements. Your doctor may ask you not to take certain medicines before your procedure to reduce your risk of bleeding.
During a cardiac angiogram, your doctor provides sedation to help you relax during the procedure. An angiogram can last for as little as 15-20 minutes or as much as several hours.
While you lie on an X-ray table, your cardiologist inserts a catheter into your femoral artery and feeds it through your body until it reaches your coronary arteries. They inject a contrast dye that helps the X-ray equipment to create clear images of your blood as it flows through your blood vessels.
Your cardiologist studies the X-rays to identify and assess the blockages or constricted areas. Depending on what they find, they may perform angioplasty to open or widen your blood vessel during your angiogram.
After your angiogram, your doctor removes the catheter and closes the incision point with a small clamp or plug. You’ll spend several hours resting after the procedure to ensure your incision stays closed and you don’t bleed. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home as the sedation could leave you groggy.
If you’re looking for expert cardiologists, call Frontenac Cardiovascular Center or make an appointment online today.