When it comes to your vascular health, there are several different tests and procedures your doctor can take to determine the health of your heart and what, if anything, needs to be addressed.
Of those tests, angiograms are considered the gold standard in finding traces of heart disease, coronary atherosclerosis, vascular stenosis, and aneurysms. When it comes to getting treated for a whole range of vascular diseases, most journeys start with the angiogram.
Angiograms are a series of x-rays taken to detect the presence of blockages in the heart and surrounding areas using an injected contract agent.
In a traditional angiogram, a long, narrow catheter will be inserted into an artery in the arm, upper thigh, or groin area. Then, a doctor will inject a contrast dye, most often iodine, into the catheter. The contrast dye works to make the blood vessels in the body more visible on an x-ray.
After the dye is injected the technician will take x-rays of the blood vessels to look for abnormalities. Not all angiograms require x-ray machines, they might instead be taken with a CT or MRI scans.
Coronary angiograms might be ordered if the doctor has concerns about blocked or narrowed arteries, new or unusual chest pains, stroke, heart attack, or heart failure, or other blood vessel problems.
Let’s run through what the day of your angiogram might look like:
Before the Procedure
During the Procedure
After the Procedure
For a more detailed, beat-by-beat description of an angiogram, check out South Valley Vascular’s page here.
The talented team of providers at South Valley Vascular are dedicated to providing effective, long-lasting, and educated vascular treatment to the communities of the Southern San Joaquin Valley. For information on their providers, what treatments they specialize in, and how to get in contact with South Valley Vascular, visit https://www.southvalleyvascular.com/.