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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can an angiogram trigger a heart attack?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Unlikeley: The risk of angiograms are more likely renal insufficiency (worsening kidney function) or an allergic reaction. The only time somebody could possibly get a heart attack from an angiogram would be during a coronary angiogram (taking pictures of the arteries in the heart). If the blood flow to the heart muscles is interrupted by a catheter or wire, this could cause a heart attack. This is unlikely.
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Yes a one in five hundred chance of a heart attack, stroke or death.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Yes: Stress from any procedure can cause heart attack.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is angiogram and how to prevent heart attack?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Cardiology 23 years experience
Angiogram: It is a form of defining of blood vessel anatomy by injecting contrast liquid. By healthy life style, regular exercise, low fat and low cholesterol diet and appropriate medical therapies could reduce heart attack risk.

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Last updated Dec 5, 2020

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