Angiograms and PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) are performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Labs by a team of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.
Angiograms + Angioplasty
An angiogram is a test to see if you have blockages in the blood vessels that supply the heart. If blockages are found, a “stent” (a tiny wire tube) may be placed into the blockage to open the blocked blood vessel.
Other tests for finding out about and treating different heart conditions are also performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Labs.
What to bring to your visit
- Please bring all of your current medications with you the day of your test and your BC Care Card
- We recommend you leave anything that is valuable at home as it is a very busy area
The coronary (heart) arteries supply your heart muscle with oxygen rich blood. Your heart then pumps blood throughout your body. You have three main coronary arteries. Sometimes your coronary arteries become narrow or blocked; this is called Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). As a result, your heart does not receive enough oxygen.
Patient Guide: Preparing for angiogram
Patient Guide: Going home after angiogram
Patient Guide: Going home after angiogram if your wrist was used for catheter insertion
Patient Guide: Discharge Information: After Angiogram, Stent or Cardiac Procedure
Cardiac Catheterization Triage Coordinator
Referral forms and information for physicians