Angiogram

Purpose:
An outpatient procedure to evaluate narrowing of the arteries of the heart as well as valvular function.

How it works:
During the procedure, a catheter is inserted into an artery at the groin or wrist. A special contrast medium is injected into the catheter and x-ray pictures are taken as the solution passes through the blood vessels.

Where it happens:
Hospital

Angioplasty

Purpose:
If a significant narrowing is noted, the physician may perform an angioplasty to remove the narrowing

How it works:
• During this procedure, a balloon is advanced to the site of the blockage and expanded to push the plaque to the sides of the artery.
• Once the plaque is pushed aside, a stent is placed to ensure that the vessel remains open.

Where it happens:
Hospital

 

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