A heart attack is a critical event – the heart muscle isn’t getting enough blood, giving patients symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath. They can range from small amounts of damage to being life-threatening – so how do we treat heart attacks?
Because there are so many different parts to the heart, we can assess how well it works (and for the presence of heart disease) with many kinds of different tests. Some of these are simple, quick and non-invasive, and others are a little more complicated. Here’s an overview.
Coronary arteries (coloured red on the picture above) supply your heart with blood, and problems here can lead to heart attacks.
A coronary angiogram is a procedure that allow us to see the arteries that supply blood to the heart very clearly. These arteries, called coronary arteries, can become narrowed with plaque, leading to a reduced blood supply to the heart (called ischaemia) and potentially a heart attack.