Coronary Angiography

Coronary angiography is used to diagnose a number of heart conditions and to help guide treatment. For example, it may be used:

  • after a heart attack – where the heart's blood supply is blocked
  • to help diagnose angina – where pain in the chest is caused by a restricted blood supply to the heart
  • to plan interventional or surgical procedures – such as a coronary angioplasty, where narrowed or blocked blood vessels are widened, or coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), where the narrowed arteries are bypassed using an alternative arterial supply or segments of the patient's own veins that are usually taken from the leg

Coronary angiography is also considered to be the 'gold standard' method of diagnosing coronary artery disease(conditions that affect the arteries surrounding the heart).

After coronary angiography

After having coronary angiography, you will usually be able to leave hospital the same day, after a period of rest and observation.

Most people are fine the day after having the procedure, although you may feel a bit tired afterwards and the wound site is likely to be tender for up to a week. Any bruising may last for several weeks.