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Doctor insights on: Heart Angiogram

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Is a heart angiogram anything to worry about?

Is a heart angiogram anything to worry about?

Yes..but..: Any procedure has risk. It is a matter of trade-off between risk vs benefit. If the benefit is much more than the risk, then worrying will not be helpful. Be at peace to yourself that you will achieve your goals about knowing the disease and its severity and whether therapeutic action, medical or surgical, is needed. Take comfort in the thought that risk of angiogram is relatively inconsequential. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Tip)

Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease

Check with your cardiologist to get evaluation for heart disease and risk of getting stroke. ...See more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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Can your heart stop during a routine heart angiogram?

Can your heart stop during a routine heart angiogram?

Unlikely: All your vital signs are continually monitored during a routine angiogram. During this study, dye is injected into your blood vessels to look for any blockages or other problems in your heart's circulation. Rarely, people have allergic reactions to the dye. Rarely, there can be an abnormal heart rhythm during the test. In any case, the cardiologist has medications to treat any problem. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Tip)

Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease

Stick with grilled and baked chicken and fish to reduce fatty intake for improved heart health. ...See more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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I had an echo twice. A CT heart angiogram. Stress test. And a chest CT with double contrast.Could all of this miss a artery that is, blocked or partially blocked?Chest pain is bad so I am not sure why?

Highly doubtful: You have had many high tech procedures aimed at evaluating your chest pain: ct angiogram, stress test, and double contrast ct. If looking for a coronary artery obstruction, these should be sufficient. The likelihood of finding a blockage in a person this age range is already exceptionally low, for heart vessel blockages don't occur in this age gp. Must be some other process causing the pain. ...Read more

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Have you ever heard of anyone getting a colon infection after an angiogram? It was a heart angiogram through the groin. What could have caused this?

Have you ever heard of anyone getting a colon infection after an angiogram? It was a heart angiogram through the groin. What could have caused this?

No connection: There should be no reationship between a coronary angiography using the groin or wrist approach and the colon. The dye may affect kidney function,however and one may have an allergic reaction to it. I would say that the colon infection would be coincidental. ...Read more