Angiography is an X-ray examination of the coronary arteries to see if they have become narrowed by fatty deposits called plaque. Plaque can decrease blood flow through a coronary artery, causing recurrent chest pain known as angina.
An angiogram can also show how well the heart is functioning as a pump. Your cardiologist uses this information to plan treatment to relieve your symptoms.
Treatment can include balloon angioplasty, stent placement, or coronary artery bypass graft surgery. These treatments are explained in the patient education leaflets called "Coronary angioplasty", "Stent placement in a coronary artery" and "Coronary artery bypass graft surgery", available from your cardiac nurse or doctor.
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