Coronary angiography is performed if you have, or are suspected to have, coronary heart disease. Your doctor may recommend that you have the test if:
It means that there is normal supply of blood to the heart and there are no blockages.
An abnormal result may mean you have a blocked artery. The test can show how many coronary arteries are blocked, where they are blocked, and the severity of the blockages.
Cardiac catheterisation carries a slightly increased risk when compared with other heart tests. However, the test is very safe when performed by an experienced team.Generally the risk of serious complications ranges from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 500. Risks of the procedure include the following:
If a blockage is found, your healthcare provider may perform a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) to open the blockage. This can be done during the same procedure, but may be delayed for various reasons. If there are multiple blockages then your cardiologist will refer you to a Surgeon.