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is a coronary angiography dangerous?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes.: Not having coronary angiography when necessary is also dangerous. Every procedure has associated risks and benefits. Not doing a procedure has risks and benefits as well. Create a 2x2 square with risks / benefits at top and procedure / no procedure on the side. This will help you and your doctor identify and evaluate the options.
Answered on Feb 26, 2013
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Dr. Alan Heldman
32 years experience Cardiology
Low, not zero risk: When performed by an experienced operator in an experienced laboratory, cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography can be done with very low risk in most patients. The risks go up for very sick patients and for emergency procedures.
Answered on May 13, 2015

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