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Percutaneous Coronary Angiogram


What is it?

This is a procedure done under local anaesthetic, which allows us to assess the condition of the blood vessels in your heart. This also includes aneurysm (abnormal ballooning of the heart wall), heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) or birth defects.

How is it done?

A small catheter a catheter is inserted either through your wrist, arm, or groin artery into the heart. Contrast is then injected into the blood vessels around your heart. X-rays are then taken to allow us to understand the condition of your heart and detect any narrowing’s or blockages. This is normally a day procedure and you are likely to be discharged home that evening.


This is normally performed at one of the Private Hospitals in Hamilton by your Cardiologist. A full explanation is given, regarding what the procedure entails and what preparation is required prior.

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