During a coronary angiogram (also known as cardiac catheterization), we use a special dye and X-ray to assess the inside of your coronary arteries.
Specifically, we’re looking to see if there is blockage caused by plaque, a waxy substance that can build up and harden, which can result in chest pain and angina.
To perform the procedure, a small, flexible tube is inserted into your artery through your arm or groin. We then use the tube to release the dye into your bloodstream. You will be awake during the procedure, and depending on the insertion site, we will administer local anesthesia and/or light conscious sedation.
Depending on the results of the coronary angiogram, your doctor may recommend medication or another procedure to treat the blockage of your artery.