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What is angiogram ?

What is angiogram
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X-ray with dye: It is a diagnostic procedure that provides x-ray images of your heart and its blood vessels. This test is very important because it helps the cardiologist plan the approach to treating the blockage. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Angiogram (Definition)

An angiogram is a picture of the inside of ones blood vessel (vein or artery) created by injecting a clear liquid (radiopaque dye) which appears to be white (or ...Read more


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What's an angiogram for?

What's an angiogram for?

Imaging: To image a blood vessel. This will determine the path, shape, diameter, perfussion territoryand presence or absence of stenosis. ...Read more

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Why would someone need an angiogram?

Heart disease: Generally the cardiologist suspects significant plaque or stenosis. There would be indicators of cardiovascular disease such as reversible ischemia, positive t-wave alternans, unstable chest pain, non-pulmonary shortness of breath and the angiogram is a diagnostic procedure to allow the cardiologist to evaluate the progress of cardiovascular disease and assess the need for revascularization. ...Read more

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What are reasons you would you need a angiogram?

What are reasons you would you need a angiogram?

To find blockages: An angiogram images the arteries of the heart by injecting dye into them, to find blockages. It is done if someone has symptoms such as chest pain that may be due to poor blood flow. Technically, an angiogram is just the diagnostic study, i.e. The images. If a blockage exists, special catheters can be used at the same time to open it with balloons and stents. ...Read more

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How do doctors read an angiogram?

How do doctors read an angiogram?

Comparing to normal: Doctors inject dye or carbon dioxide into the blood vessels, outlining the shape of the inside of the tube. If the wall of the tube is uneven or blocked from a atherosclerotic plaque, the dye will outline its shape or stop completely. Normal vessels are smooth and taper like the branches of a tree or veins on a leaf. They also have patterns in numbers and types of branches that are well known. ...Read more

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What are the risks of an angiogram?

What are the risks of an angiogram?

Angiogram: Less than 1% risk of clot, bruising, arrhythmia, bleeding. Discuss with your physician to determine if the benefit of the procedure is greater than the risk. That is the best question to ask on any test performed. ...Read more

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When do doctors order an angiogram?

Diagnose blockage: angiograms are done to diagnose clogged up arteries when there is decreased blood flow to any organ ...Read more

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Are there side effects of an angiogram?

Yes: Side effects from the angiogram can be related to the procedure (bleeding or injury to the blood vessels from the catheters used to inject the contrast; embolization of intraluminal plaque or air from the catheter) or a reaction to the contrast (allergic reaction, kidney failure). ...Read more

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