Heart Treatments

Coronary Angiogram

1. What is a Coronary Angiogram?

A coronary angiogram is a procedure which looks closely at your coronary arteries to see if they are narrowed or blocked.

The procedure uses a small amount of a special type of dye which is visible by an x-ray which is injected into the artery so that the doctor can visualise the blood vessels when an x-ray image is taken to determine how badly blocked the arteries are. The x-ray will take a range of different images, known as angiograms, during the procedure.


2. What are the symptoms which may indicate that I need to have an angiogram?

There are several symptoms which may indicate that you may need to have a coronary angiogram, such as;

  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained pain in the neck, arm, chest or jaw
  • Abnormal results of a heart test
  • A congenital heart disease or problem with a valve which indicates the need for surgery