The coronary angiogram is a test in which a catheter is inserted through your groin or your wrist into your body and it reaches the coronary artery, doing so-called cardiac catheterisation.
Through this, contrast agents are injected and show the coronary arteries and visualise if there are any blockages inside the blood vessels.
The test is done with a local anaesthetic in the groin or the arm, so the pain is much reduced. We always monitor the heart rate, the onset of chest pain during the test or any side effect or allergic reaction to the medication.
How long does a Coronary Angiogram last?
The test lasts for a variable time that can be between 30 minutes to two hours depending on whether we only do the angiogram to visualise the artery or if we find a blockage and therefore we need to put in a stent.