A cardiac angiogram is a picture of your heart that lets your doctor look for problems such as abnormal blood flow. Your doctor may also refer to it as a coronary angiogram. Angiography is a common type of imaging exam and diagnostic procedure.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers both noninvasive angiogram and minimally invasive catheter cardiac angiogram in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Find a cardiologist online or dial (702) 616-4900 to get a referral to a cardiologist.
There are two basic types of cardiac angiogram:
The type of health care provider performing your angiography will depend on the type of angiogram. Doctors perform catheter procedures. A technologist usually performs MRIs, CTs, and ultrasounds.
Your doctor may recommend angiography for the following conditions:
Complications after angiography are rare. However, any procedure involves potential risks. Risks of angiography include:
Exposure to ionizing radiation is another risk of angiography. However, the benefit of the test typically outweighs the potential risk. Your health care provider will use the smallest amount of radiation possible.
For catheter angiography, you will need to stay in the hospital or clinic for about six hours after the procedure. You will need to keep your arm or leg straight during this time. This helps control bleeding from the area where the catheter was inserted. After you go home, you need to rest for a day or two. It’s common to have bruising and mild tenderness at the catheter site.
For noninvasive angiography, you can usually go home right after the procedure and resume normal activities.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers cardiology services, including cardiac angiogram, for patients in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.