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What is an angiogram for the heart?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Special Heart X-Ray: In this test, a tube (or catheter) is inserted through a small hole into an artery and passed to the heart where pressures can be measured and special dye can be injected. Blockages of dye flow are visible on x-rays and indicte artery blockages. The valves and contraction of the heart muscle are observed.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
X-RayShadowsDyeBlood: Heart, blood & surrounding tissues all water densities & block x-ray photons ~same; thus no detail visible. However, if small amount x-ray absorbing dye is added to the blood, for a few seconds, while present, one can see shadows of the blood location & movement, depending where added. A thin long tube (catheter) is used so as to guide the dye to location doc chooses to visualize briefly with dye.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Contrast is: Injected into the heart arteries while x-ray movies are taken.

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What is an angiogram of the heart use at 59?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
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Special Heart X-Ray: In this test, a tube (or catheter) is inserted through a small hole into an artery and passed to the heart where pressures can be measured and special dye can be injected. Blockages of dye flow are visible on x-rays and indicte artery blockages. The valves and contraction of the heart muscle are observed.
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What is angiogram of the heart done for?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Heart function test: This test shows any blockages of the arteries that supply blood to the heart, as well as the function of the valves and muscle of the heart.

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