Turning a blind eye to the physical signals your body is sending could lead to fatal illnesses such as heart attack or stroke, which is why preventive measures are always a good idea especially when it comes to taking care of your cardiovascular health.
If you’ve been feeling consistent pain in your chest, the best action to take is consulting with your trusted doctor and taking an angiogram test. Here’s why.
A coronary angiogram is an outpatient, minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that uses X-ray imaging to visualize the coronary arteries. The test is generally performed to see if there’s a restriction in blood flow going to the heart.
By providing a detailed assessment of your heart, an angiogram allows your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis of your health condition and determine the best treatment for a higher chance of recovery.
Angiogram vs Angioplasty
After evaluating the results of your angiogram test, your doctor might recommend an angioplasty procedure afterward. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure done to open up narrowed heart arteries seen during an angiogram.
If you have a chest pain that is worsening or if you recently had a heart attack, then angioplasty may actually be a treatment option for you as the procedure quickly opens a blocked artery, reducing further damage to your heart.
An angioplasty can last from one hour to three hours, depending on the complexity of the case. The patient is usually admitted for a minimum of one day for monitoring but can be extended indefinitely.
Whether angiogram or angioplasty, the objective is to improve your coronary blood flow and eliminate symptoms of heart diseases, translating to an improved quality of life.
If you want to take the first step in ensuring your heart’s health, Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) offers a comprehensive cardiac health package that will cater to your specific needs. An angiogram package starts at P70,000+, while an angioplasty package starts at P320,000+, including the use of a catherization laboratory, room accommodation, post-operative procedures for angioplasty, and professional fees.
To inquire or book a package, you may call the CSMC Catherization Laboratory at 8727-0001 local 4002.
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