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What is coronary arteriography?

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Coronary arteriography (also called coronary angiography or heart catheterization) is a test that uses a small tube called a catheter inserted into a blood vessel, then contrast dye, and X-rays are used to look at your blood vessels and heart. It is done to look for abnormal areas, blockages, or clots. It can also be used to guide your healthcare provider in treating any problems found during the test.

How is coronary arteriography done?

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Before the test:

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  • Your healthcare provider will ask you to sign a consent form for coronary arteriography. The consent form will state the reason you are having the test what happens during the test, and what you may expect afterward.

  • Your provider may have you prepare for the test by not eating or drinking anything the day of the coronary arteriography.

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you have any food, medicine, or other allergies such as latex.

  • Tell your provider if you have had kidney problems or an allergy to chemicals, such as contrast dye.

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any medicines, including nonprescription drugs, herbal remedies, or recreational or illegal drugs.

  • Tell your provider if you are or think you may be pregnant.

  • You will have a small tube (IV catheter) inserted into a vein in your hand or arm. This will allow medicine to be given directly into your blood and to give you fluids, if needed.

  • You may be asked to remove any jewelry you are wearing.

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During the test:

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