Coronary Angiogram & In-Hospital Services
- Positive Stress Tests with or Without Symptoms (Silent lschemia)
- Chest Pain of Uncertain Etiology
- Chronic Stable Angina
- Acute Coronary Syndromes: Unstable Angina, Non-ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction
A coronary angiogram is a special x-ray procedure, in which pictures are taken of the coronary arteries after injecting a dye which allows the cardiologist to see blood flowing inside the arteries to show whether they are narrowed or blocked.
We can measure blood flow using special flow wires, allowing the cardiologist to decide whether a narrowing is actually limiting blood flow. Using a combination of pictures (the angiogram) and flow data helps the cardiologist decide on treatment options, often proceeding to treatment with a balloon (angioplasty) or stent (stenting) at the same time.
(Preparation 1hr, Procedure 30 min – Allow approx. 2-3 hrs)
The patient must have nothing to eat or drink for at least six hours before procedure. Anticoagulants (warfarin, dabigatran) are almost always stopped a number of days before the procedure, in consultation with the treating cardiologist.
However, anti-platelet drugs such as aspirin, clopidogrel or prasugrel are usually continued for the procedure, as stenting is usually not done if are not currently
Taking anti-platelet drugs. If taking diabetic medication, your patient will need to bring their tablets and insulin with them. However, your patient will need to withhold all medication on the morning of their procedure. In the case of metformin (Diabex or Diaformin), this is stopped 24 hours before and 48 hours after procedure.
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