A coronary angiogram is a diagnostic test to visualise your coronary arteries. The procedure is performed in the cardiac catheterisation lab using specialised X-ray equipment. Coronary angiography is carried out using local anesthetic while the patient is awake. The test usually lasts 15-20 minutes.
Generally, the cardiologist uses a blood vessel in your right wrist (radial artery) and occasionally the left wrist to perform the examination. In some patients, it is not possible to use the arteries in either wrist. In such instances, the angiogram is performed using the femoral artery at the top of your leg.
An angiogram is performed to confirm and define the extent of coronary artery disease (blockages in your heart arteries). The test is performed in patients with risk factors for heart disease, those presenting with symptoms suspicious for heart disease and in patients with abnormal non-invasive test (exercise stress test and CT coronary angiograms).
At the end of the examination, the cardiologist will explain the results of the angiogram and recommend a treatment plan. There is a period of observation by the nursing staff for 2-3 hours after the test in the Angio day ward. This is to ensure there are no post procedural complications. You will not be able to drive home after the angiogram. You can resume normal activities 24 hours later.
See video (courtesy of British Heart Foundation)
Insurance: check with your provider
Procedure code: 5090
Price: €TBC *