Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 10, 2008--Angiogram Review

Paul saw the cardiologist today and he reviewed Paul's angiogram with us. While Paul was in the hospital, the coronary angiography was the procedure that helped the doctor determine if Paul had a heart attack and what caused it. The doctor showed us 2 narrowed arteries that were considered the culprits--the left anterior descending artery and the circumflex artery. He also showed us where one of the ventricles appeared sluggish; he thought that this was injury resulting from the heart attack and that rest and time would aid its return to full strength.  The doctor expected the tightness that Paul was feeling in his chest to soon dissipate. 

The coronary angiography is used for diagnosis and is the most common type of heart catheter procedure that can both diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel conditions. It uses X-ray imaging to examine the inside of the heart's blood vessels. During coronary angiography, a type of dye that's visible by X-ray machine is injected into the blood vessels of your heart through a catheter (a long, thin, flexible plastic tube ) that is inserted into the body through the groin. The X-ray machine rapidly takes a series of images (angiograms), offering a detailed look at the inside of your blood vessels.

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