An X-ray imaging test is done to see if there are any restrictions in blood flow going to your heart. This is the most common test to help doctors diagnose heart conditions. During coronary angiography, a small catheter or tube is inserted through the skin into an artery in the groin or the Hand. Through a special x-ray viewing instrument, the catheter is moved to the opening of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart. A small amount of solution containing iodine is injected into each artery. The images that are produced are called the angiogram which accurately reveals the blockages.
Why choose Manipal for angiogram?
Manipal Hospitals has the most advanced diagnostic equipment to conduct angiography with the patient’s comfort in mind. Coronary angiography is performed under local anaesthesia and takes around 15-20 minutes. Our team of radiologists and cardiologists are highly experienced to diagnose any defects and accordingly prescribe the best line of treatment.
Solutions of Angiogram?
Depending on the severity of the blockage in the artery, our experts prescribe the insertion of a stent during the angiography itself. A stent supports the artery walls to prevent it from narrowing again after the angioplasty. Our cardiologists at Manipal Hospitals are highly proficient in performing a stent procedure which requires a fine eye for detail, assisted with high precision instruments with a patient’s comfort as priority.
Complexities in Angiogram
An angiography is a usually a painless procedure but can cause mild discomfort in the area of the catheter insertion. A patient could also have an allergic reaction to the dye. While serious complications are rare, it could in a few patients lead to blood clots, kidney damage or even stroke. However, at Manipal Hospitals, all patients are thoroughly screened for any allergies or potential reactions including checking of blood pressure, blood tests, and ECG before the angiography is performed. That’s why patients prefer and trust our cardiac team to address complex conditions of the heart at all times.
Success of Angiogram
Since complications are very rare during an angiography, it is accepted as the gold standard in diagnosing coronary artery disease. Depending on how severe the artery blockages are, an angiogram can help cardiologists to choose among balloon angioplasty, coronary stenting, atherectomy, or coronary bypass surgery. At Manipal Hospitals, our team of highly qualified cardiologists, radiologists and cardiac technicians assure optimum care during each procedure to ensure successful outcomes.
Infection control protocol
Following an angiogram, you will be taken to a recovery ward to prevent bleeding at the site of the incision where the catheter was inserted. This is also done to prevent any kind of infection. At Manipal Hospitals, we follow a strict infection control protocol to keep patients under extremely sterile conditions. In fact, our specially trained infection control team ensures all patients are secure under their care.