On January 21, 2023
What is Coronary Angiography?
Coronary angiography is a diagnostic test that uses X-ray technology and a contrast dye to create detailed images of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. The test helps doctors to diagnose and evaluate the severity of narrowed or blocked coronary arteries, which can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of heart disease. The procedure is performed by threading a thin, flexible tube called a catheter through an artery, typically in the leg or arm, and up to the heart. The contrast dye is then injected through the catheter, and X-ray images are taken to visualize the blood flow in the coronary arteries. Coronary angiography can also be used to guide treatment procedures, such as angioplasty or stenting, to open blocked or narrowed coronary arterie.
Coronary angiography is typically an outpatient procedure that takes about 10 minutes to 15 minutes to complete. However, the total time spent at the hospital may be longer, as there is usually some preparation time and recovery time afterwards. The preparation time may include obtaining informed consent, an IV line insertion, and some blood work, and this can take 30 minutes to an hour. After the procedure, the patient will be monitored for about 4 hours in the recovery room or in the cardiac catheterization lab. So, the total time spent at the hospital can be around 6-8 hours. It is important to note that the time may vary depending on the individual case and the facility where the procedure is being performed.
What are the risks involved in doing coronary angiography?
- Allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the procedure
- Bruising or bleeding at the puncture site
- Blood clots in leg or wrist artery
- Heart attack or stroke
- Damage to the blood vessels or heart
- Kidney damage
However, these risks are generally considered to be low, and the procedure is considered to be safe when performed by an experienced operator. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with your doctor to determine whether it is appropriate for you.
What is the cost of coronary angiography in India?
The cost of a coronary angiography procedure in India can vary depending on a number of factors such as the location, the hospital, and the type of procedure used. On average, the cost of a coronary angiography procedure in India can range from around 20,000 to 50,000 Indian Rupees. However, in some private hospitals, the cost could be higher. It is important to note that this cost may also vary depending on whether you have health insurance or not, and what type of coverage you have. It is always recommended that you check with your insurance company to see what your policy covers, and to get an estimate of the out-of-pocket costs you will be responsible for.
Dr. Rahul Sawant
- MRCP. CCT Cardiology UK. FACC
CEO and founder Hridaymitra Cardia Clinic Pune.
He is one of the best cardiologist around and has highest success rate and lowest complication rate in performing cardiac procedures.