Coronary Angiography


During coronary angiography, you are given a local anaesthetic under the skin, and then a catheter (a long thin tube) is fed into an artery in your groin or your wrist. The catheter is moved up the inside of your artery until it reaches your heart. You will not feel any discomfort as these tubes move within the arterial system in your body. A special dye is then injected via the catheter into your coronary arteries and real-time X-rays are then taken. The X-ray image ('coronary angiogram') shows detailed information about your coronary arteries. It lets your doctor see if these arteries are narrowed, and if so, the degree of narrowing. 

  • Professor Sanders says...

    Atrial fibrillation is a consequence of several reversible risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea, and excessive alcohol. Your management of atrial fibrillation must include strict control of these risk factors.