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Doctor insights on: Angiogram Vs Angioplasty

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What is an angiogram versus an angioplasty?

What is an angiogram versus an angioplasty?

Picture/Intervention: An angiogram is an image of the lumen of a blood vessel, typically done with due from within a vessel. If the angiogram shows a narrowing or stenosis, an angioplasty may be performed, which is inflating a balloon within the vessel to dilate it. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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 is the difference between angiograms and angioplasties?

What is the difference between angiograms and angioplasties?

Diagnose and fix: The angiogram is a roadmap of the inside of the artery showing where the narrowings and blockages are. The angioplasty is a stretching of the artery at the narrowing to open it up. Angiogram to diagnose first, then fix with the angioplasty. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an angiogram and an angioplasty?

What is the difference between an angiogram and an angioplasty?

Difference: Angiogram is a study to see the blood vessels. Angioplasty is a procedure to widen the vessels with a balloon. ...Read more

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What artery is used for angiograms and angioplasties?

What artery is used for angiograms and angioplasties?

Most common:femoral: In the US most angiograms and angioplasties (and stents) are accessed via the femoral artery at the groin. The radial approach is growing in usage but I believe it accounts for only about 5% of cases. ...Read more

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I am getting an angiogram, but the hospital can't perform an angioplasty, if needed. Is it better to change to a hospital where they do both?

I am getting an angiogram, but the hospital can't perform an angioplasty, if needed.  Is it better to change to a hospital where they do both?

Yes: If there is a blockage is found during angiogram, it can often be treated during the same procedure, with angioplasty and/or stent placement. This can eliminate the necessity of a second procedure. There are risks associated with the procedure which you should understand prior to proceeding. ...Read more

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Bob's stress test showed a blockage; he has chest pains a few times a week. Angiogram? Angioplasty? WebMD says medical therapy is just as good. Risks?

Bob's stress test showed a blockage; he has chest pains a few times a week. Angiogram? Angioplasty? WebMD says medical therapy is just as good. Risks?

Symptomstic: if you are indeed having angina and the documented blockage is severe enough to cause it the intervention is appropriate and proven better than medical therapy. Also need to consider your heart pumping ability and your lifestyle but if you want to be active it should be fixed ...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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Angioplasty (Definition)

Angioplasty is vascular modification -- a vascular repair procedure ...Read more