Diagnostic coronary angiography

Coronary angiography is an invasive diagnostic test that can accurately assess the blood supply to the heart through taking X-ray pictures at different angles. Our cardiologists preferentially perform this test via your wrist and can perform a variety of advanced measurements within the heart to work out whether you require a coronary stent or bypass operation to restore the blood supply to your heart. Coronary angiography is performed in hospital and all our interventional cardiologists perform these procedures at both public and private hospitals based on patient preference.

What to bring

  • Any concession cards, including valid Medicare and any private health care cards
  • Any results from recent blood tests
  • List of current medications

Preparation for coronary angiogram

  • There is no need to routinely fast prior to a coronary angiogram, although we would recommend a very light breakfast at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled start time
  • Continue all of your usual medication prior to the scan unless instructed otherwise by our booking team or your cardiologist. If unsure, please call us and our friendly reception staff will clarify after discussion with our cardiologists
  • Please inform our staff if you have an allergy to X-ray contrast (dye)

Duration

The procedure will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour to perform.

Results

  • The results of your coronary angiogram will be discussed with you on the day
  • Notification of the test results will also be sent to the referring doctor within 24 hours of the test being performed