Coronary Angiograph is performed for various reasons, like:
1. Angina – Chest pain or any kind of discomfort.
2. Unstable Angina – When chest pain becomes worse and occurs more often.
3. Unexplained pain in the chest, arm, jaw, or neck.
4. Coronary thrombosis or Blood clots
5. Congenital heart disease – Defect in heart present from birth.
6. Chest injury or other problems with blood vessels.
7. Unusual chest pain even when all the tests are normal.
8. Problem with heart valve that requires surgery.
9. Heart failure
10. Atypical results of heart stress test
11. After a recent heart attack.
12. If you are going to have a surgery in which you have a high chance of getting a heart attack or other problems related to heart.
The coronary angiography is performed by a cardiac physiologist (who is trained to carry out cardiac examinations), a cardiologist (a doctor specializing in heart conditions), and a radiographer (a professional who carries out the imaging process). There is also a nurse present who stays with the patient.