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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

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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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Is an angiogram painful?

Is an angiogram painful?

No: No, they use numbing medicine like when you go to the dentist. ...Read more

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How is an angiogram performed?

Invasive exam: A needle is used to blood vessel in the groin or arm. This is used as access site to other blood vessels with a catheter. ...Read more

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Why is an angiogram performed?

Diagnosis: An angiogram is an invasive diagnostic test, perfomed in a catheterization laboratory using fluoroscopy (the x-ray) and an injected contrast dye to evaluate the vasular system. It is possible to perform angiograms for different parts of the body, such as the left and/or right heart, the aorta, selective veins such as the subclavian, the renal artery and peripheral angiograms (the limbs) as well. ...Read more

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When do you need an angiogram?

Angiogram: you need an angiogram when it is important to visualize the blood vessels to a part of the body to aid in diagnosis and treatment decisions. We have radio graphic, nuclear and magnetic resonance forms of angiography each with its indications ...Read more

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Could you drive after an angiogram?

Different angiograms: There are different areas that are studied with different types of angiograms. If you are having a cardiac angiogram they will be watching you for several hours after the study to make sure that the injection site is not bleeding. A pressure dressing will be applied. If that is the study you are having, it is better that you don't drive yourself. ...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 do you feel during an angiogram?

Generally okay: The most common symptom is anxiety just from being awake during a medical procedure. You usually get some medicine to help keep you calm. You should not feel pain due to numbing medicine. You may feel pressure while the catheter is put in and starnge feelings as it goes to the blood vessel being evaluated. When the dye is injected some folks feel flushed or warm. ...Read more

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How much does it costs for angiograms?

Thousands up to 20x: Angiogram means blood picture; pictures show a 2d image, still or motion, of dye added into the blood, so that the dye/blood column shows on x-ray. The equipment required to perform is expensive (100k to 4m) & experience required to perform then reasonably safely is high (translate that more money). I have seen client bills: only hospital charges, out-pt <1 day, procedures i did in past, over $30k. ...Read more

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How long does an angiogram take to perform?

Variiable: It all depends on which vessels and the problems detected. Some vessels can be difficult to enter. ...Read more

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What does an inconclusive angiogram test mean?

What does an inconclusive angiogram test mean?

Borderline: Not everythng is black or white.You could have a blockage in an artery which is not severe so that maybe it has nothing to do with your symptoms. The result then would be inconlusive. The test is not totally normal but the problem may not be severe enough to cause symptoms or require treatment. ...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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Is it common for 21 year olds to get angiograms?

Is it common for 21 year olds to get angiograms?

UNCOMMON: An angiogram is a 'map of the arteries'. It may be needed in a young person when a congential narrow (or blocked) artery is suspected or in a condition called a.V.M. (arterio-venous malformation) which resembles 'tangled' blood vessels. Both these conditions may need treatment/surgery/embolization. These conditions are rare & so are angiograms in <35 yo. ...Read more

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What should I expect from having an angiogram done?

Before & After: Before: no eating or drinking 4-8 hours before procedure. Stop Aspirin or blood thinners several days before the test. Be sure to pee! after: you will wait several hours in the recovery room. Bring music or reading. Have someone drive you home because the sedative/relaxing medicine may make you loopy for awhile. Wishing you well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: angiogram?

Vein/artery picture: 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 black) on x-ray imaging. ...Read more

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Why might it be that you pass out after an angiogram?

Angiogram : There are sometimes hypotensive reaction late after the procedure from the dye or other agents used during the study. ...Read more

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How soon can someone start training after an angiogram?

How soon can someone start training after an angiogram?

Depends on results.: The answer depends on the results of the angiogram, the site of catheter insertion (either femoral or radial artery) and the type of training .Many centers, such as mine, are inserting the catheter into the radial artery in the wrist which does not require any post angiogram attention. A patient whose angiogram was negative and had this method used, could return to all activities the next day. ...Read more

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What is the best position to be in after the angiogram?

What is the best position to be in after the angiogram?

Lying down for 6 h: If it is done via an artery in the groin (femoral artery) , then lying down at bed rest for 6 hours after is the safest thing to do. ...Read more

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