Coronary Angiography

What is Coronary Angiography

Coronary angiography, also known as cardiac catheterization, is a medical procedure used to visualize the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. It is a critical diagnostic tool that helps doctors assess the health of these blood vessels.

During the procedure, a special dye is injected into the coronary arteries, and X-ray images are taken to identify any blockages, narrowing, or other abnormalities in the blood vessels. Coronary angiography is a fundamental procedure for evaluating coronary artery disease (CAD) and determining the best course of treatment.

Who Should Undergo Coronary Angiography?

1. Chest Pain : If you experience chest pain (angina) or discomfort, especially during physical activity, it could be a sign of reduced blood flow to the heart muscle.

2. Abnormal Stress Tests : If non-invasive tests like stress tests or imaging studies suggest possible blockages in the coronary arteries, angiography may be necessary for a more accurate assessment.

3. History of Heart Disease : Individuals with a history of heart disease or previous heart procedures may require regular coronary angiography to monitor the condition of their arteries.

4. High-Risk Factors : Those with high-risk factors, such as diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease, may also be candidates for coronary angiography.

Benefits of Coronary Angiography

1. Accurate Diagnosis : Coronary angiography provides precise information about the location and severity of coronary artery blockages, helping doctors tailor treatment plans accordingly.

2. Treatment Planning : It assists in determining the most appropriate treatment, which may include medication, angioplasty, stent placement, or coronary artery bypass surgery.

3. Risk Assessment : The procedure helps assess the risk of future heart attacks, allowing for preventive measures to be taken.

4. Guidance for Intervention : In cases where blockages are discovered, coronary angiography can guide interventional procedures like angioplasty and stent placement to restore blood flow.

If you or someone you know requires coronary angiography, Dr. J.P.S. Sawhney is here to provide expert care and guidance. With years of experience and a commitment to patient well-being, Dr. Sawhney is a trusted specialist in the field of interventional cardiology.