CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY AND ANGIOPLASTY

The video above shows a Coronary Angiogram (done at our facility) of the Left Coronary artery, a major blood supply channel to the heart.

During a Coronary Angiogram, a thin tube is passed from one of the blood vessels in the arms or legs all the way to the beginning of the blood vessel of the heart. A little radio-opaque dye is then injected into the blood vessel and the flow of the dye is monitored on an Xray video camera (called Fluoroscope) in order to detect any blockages or abnormalities of the blood vessels.

his procedure lasts about 20-30 minutes.

If a significant blockage is seen ( a situation that leads to heart attacks), it is then opened with a little balloon (which is passed through the same tube), and a metal tube is placed at the site to keep the blood vessel open. This second procedure to open up the blockage is called Coronary Angioplasty.

This same procedure outlined above can be done for any other blood vessel in the body, including blocked arteries and veins in the arms and legs, as well as kidneys and brain.