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Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about coronary angiography, angioplasty and stents. Learn how the procedures work, what they may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how the procedures are done, view our animations below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
A coronary angiogram is a type of x-ray that visualises the arteries that feed the heart. It may be performed with angioplasty, a procedure that opens up a narrowed coronary artery. Over 128,000 cardiac angiograms are performed in Australia every year.
A stent is a tiny mesh tube that can be placed inside the artery to keep it open. Over 47,000 procedures involving stents are performed in Australia every year.
Signs you may need these procedures
- you have chest pain that is caused by narrowed or blocked coronary arteries
- you’ve had abnormal results from a stress test
- you have heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease
- you have a blockage in a coronary artery.
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