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Coronary Angiogram

An Angiogram is an x-ray that takes pictures of the flow of blood through your coronary arteries to your heart muscle; if you have angina theses arteries narrow and do not allow enough blood to the muscle when your heart rate increases for example when you exert yourself.

The Angiogram will check where the arteries have narrowed and how narrow they have become.

Before the Test

  • You will be seen in a pre-assessment clinic at the Thomas Linacre Centre where you will be counselled and a full explanation of the procedure will be given
  • Blood tests will be done as well as swabs of your nose and groin for MRSA
  • You may also be given medicines to thin your blood the night before if a stent is being considered at the same time as your Angiogram, although this is not always the case

What to Expect

  • There is no need to fast for an angiogram just have a light breakfast or lunch   
  • The angiogram is a day case procedure (no overnight stay is necessary)
  • The procedure takes approximately 20-60 min – although you will be in hospital for longer (usually a full morning or afternoon)
  • Bring some reading materials as you may need to wait a little while once you have been admitted before you  go through to the Lab for your test  
  • Warfarin will be stopped four days prior to the angiogram
  • Metformin for diabetes will be stopped on the day of the procedure and advice will be given on the day when to recommence   
  • You will need someone to stay at home with you after the Angiogram 
  • Relatives who come to hospital with you will not be allowed in during the tests however they are more than welcome to wait at the hospital  or can come back at the end of your tests
  • Please ensure you have a copy of your current medication to hand

The Results

You are given some information on the day regarding your test. However, test results including any further procedures required and recommendations for treatment(if needed) are sent to the person who referred you, for example your GP, who will discuss these results with you.