Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography iscarried out at a hospital orspecialist heart centre.
Theteam responsible for your caremay include:
The procedure is usually carried outin an X-ray room or a catheterisation laboratory.
Beforethe procedure is carried out, you shouldtell your cardiologist if:
You'll be told whether to continue taking yourmedication or if you need to stop. You shouldn't stop taking prescribed medication unless you're advised to do so.
You may also be asked not to eat or drink anythingfora fewhours before the procedure.
The procedureis usually carried out under local anaesthetic , so you'll be awake while the procedure is carried out, but the area where the catheter is inserted (either the groin or arm) will be numbed.
You may also be giventhe option of having a sedative. Thismakes you feel sleepy and relaxed while remaining awake and being aware enough to respond to instructions, such as being askedto take a deep breath and hold it at certain points during the procedure.
General anaesthetic is sometimes used when young children need to have the procedure, because they may find it too difficult to stay still while it's being carried out.
You'll be attached to an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine throughout the procedure. An ECG records your heart's rhythms and electrical activity.
A number of electrodes (small metallic discs) are placed on your arms, legs and chest. The electrodesare connected to a machine that records the electrical signals of each heartbeat.
If you don'tneed any further procedures, such as balloon angioplasty, cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography should take abouthalf an hour.
Below is a step-by-step guide to what you can expect during the procedure. The healthcare professionals who are with you will explain what is happening.
Cardiac catheterisation is an invasive diagnostic procedure that provides important information about the structure and function of the heart.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography can provide important information about the heart and the surrounding blood vessels supplying it.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography is carried out at a hospital or specialist heart centre.
After having cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography, your pulse and blood pressure will be checked and recorded.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography are generally considered to be safe procedures. However, as with all medical procedures, there are some associated risks.