Angiograms + Angioplasty

Angiograms and PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) are performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Labs by a team of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

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

Disease information

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 Information

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

Video - Patient Discharge Information Video: After My Coronary Angiogram

Contact Information

Cardiac Catheterization Triage Coordinator
Telephone:    604-806-8458