What is Coronary Angiography (Cardiac Catheterization)?
Cardiac catheterisation is the main investigation performed on people with symptoms suggesting coronary (heart) artery disease. If there were indications that your coronary arteries may have become narrowed or blocked, the exact position and severity of the narrowing or blockage needs to be known in order to decide most appropriate treatment for you.
Cardiac catheterisation is performed under local anaesthetic, but a sedative may be given to help you relax if necessary.
A thin tube (cardiac catheter) is inserted into the femoral artery
(main vessel in the groin) or the radial artery (in your wrist) and navigated to your heart.
A special dye is then injected through the catheter into the main arteries of the heart and the pictures recorded. Also, views of the coronary arteries, heart muscle function and heart valves can be viewed during the procedure.
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What are the Benefits of Coronary Angiography?
The procedure gives key information on whether there is any narrowing of the coronary arteries, demonstrating their position and the severity of any narrowing. This will help guide further treatment
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What are the Risks?
Bruising in the groin is common after the procedure. This may be uncomfortable for a few days, but pain medications are often given. Serious complications are extremely rare, but as with any invasive medical procedure, there is a small element of risk. Complications such as heart attack or stroke may occur, but this happens less than 1 in every 1000 tests. However remember that we only do these tests when the potential benefit far outweighs any of the small risks. Please discuss any concerns you have with us before the test to ensure that you understand what the risks are
Are there Alternatives?
Some other tests can assess the arteries of your heart, however the information they give is not as thorough as cardiac catheterization/angiography. Cardiac catheterization/angiography is recommended, as it is the best test for you.
Eating and Drinking
You should have no food after 6am on the morning of your procedure, because an empty stomach helps to prevent the possibility of vomiting during the procedure. However you are allowed clear sugar free drinks such as black tea or water up to 7am.
If you have diabetes
Stop Metformin two days prior to your procedure. This will not affect your long-term diabetic control. Metformin is restarted 2 days after the procedure. If necessary, temporary adjustment in other diabetes medications will be made by your doctor.
Please omit all diabetic tablets on the morning of procedure.
All other medication should be taken as normal with a little water. This includes Aspirin, (or Clopidogrel) and Antihypertensives.
Please bring all your medication with you, as this is very helpful us to establish exactly what you are taking. You should take your medication as normal during the day while you are in hospital.
If you are taking Warfarin, please stop these 4 days before your admission and contact the clinic or doctor who supervises your blood tests to let them know of your hospital admission.
Some patients may need an alternative form of anticoagulation drugs that prevent blood clotting) and all patients stopping Warfarin will need a blood test on the day of admission.
Please remember to bring your anticoagulant record into hospital with you. In rare cases where your clotting levels have not returned to a safe limit, the procedure will be postponed to avoid unnecessary complications.