The circulatory system is one of the most critical systems in your body. Unfortunately, as important as this system is, it’s comprised of veins and arteries that are so small and buried deep in the body that they’re difficult to see.Visualizing those tiny vessels is the primary function of the angiogram.
During an angiogram, a catheter is threaded through your veins into an area of question and a contrast dye is injected that spreads through the blood vessels around your heart. Then, the x-ray machine takes a series of images of the area. The contrast dye is visible to the x-ray and enables your cardiologist to get a clear look at the system responsible for pumping blood to and from your heart.
This procedure is diagnostic, but can also be paired with other treatments like angioplasty to clear blockages from arteries. Two places commonly used as insertion points for coronary angiography are the arm and the groin. The procedure takes around an hour, and many patients are given an IV sedative to help them relax. Once completed you’ll likely be asked to stay for a short time for observation and then sent home to recover. The incision point will remain tender for some time, and your cardiologist will advise you on when it is safe to return to your regular schedule.
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