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Heart Angiogram: Diagnoses Artery Blockage and Other Conditions

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:50 PM

Heart diseases are becoming epidemic,  and an angiogram is becoming a routine procedure to diagnose heart diseases, mainly coronary artery disease. Heart diseases or cardiovascular diseases refer to any disease of the heart, namely, coronary artery disease, valvular disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, rheumatic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, inflammatory heart disease, and heart failure.
Heart failure is actually a chronic condition in which the heart muscle becomes too weak to pump the blood. Heart failure is caused due to myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiomyopathies. Heart failure is classified into left-sided failure and right-sided failure. Some kidney diseases, thyroid diseases, and diabetes can also cause congestive heart failure. In heart failure, the heart is unable to pump proper oxygen and blood to organs and is diagnosed by shortness of breath, swelling at ankles or ascites, and fatigue. In heart failure, the heart may also beat faster to provide adequate blood to distant organs. Like other heart diseases, avoiding smoking and alcohol, controlling blood pressure, exercising, and making dietary changes can prevent heart failure. Most of the time, the underlying cause of an adverse heart condition is seen as a blockage of the artery. It is very important to diagnose and manage these problems in early stages for better results.
Coronary artery disease is diagnosed by angiography more precisely known as coronary angiography. Angiography is done under anesthesia. In angiography, a dye is injected into the coronary artery through a tube to which a camera is attached. Coronary angiogram, better known as angiogram, is a set of procedures known as cardiac catheterization. Angiogram utilizes X-ray imaging to diagnose the condition of the heart artery. If necessary, angioplasty can also be done while taking angiogram. An angiogram diagnoses a lot of heart conditions and their root causes including the following:  
  • An angiogram can diagnose the cause of chest pain very well. A blocked artery can be causing this pain.
  • An angiogram can also diagnose any inborn heart defect (congenital heart disease).
  • It is possible through angiogram to diagnose heart failure.
  • The defects in the valve of the artery can also be diagnosed with the help of an angiogram.
Despite offering so many benefits, angiogram can be associated with some risks like heart attack, stroke, artery injury, bleeding from the artery, infection, and allergic reaction due to the dye being injected. These risks can be minimized by taking precautions and by getting them done by experts.

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Angiogram is a routine procedure for heart patients. It can diagnose artery blockage, heart failure, and many other conditions.
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