‘Angio’ in Greek refers to blood vessel, and ‘plasty’ refers to process of forming. Angioplasty refers to formation or repair of the affected blood vessel. ‘Gram’ in Angiogram refers to a measure in Latin. So, Angiogram refers to analysis or record the condition of blood vessels.
Angiogram is a process where X-rays are used to study the condition of blood vessels in the arms, chest, or head. Any obstruction of the blood vessels is identified, recorded and reported to the consulting doctor/specialist. Pregnant women and people with a history of asthma, kidney problems and diabetes are not considered for Angiogram.
Angioplasty is a procedure in which the blocked blood vessel is reopened with the help of a balloon catheter. Angioplasty is recommended for people who have suffered minor strokes and heart attacks. Those with multiple blocked vessels or arteries are recommended an open heart surgery. Angioplasty is performed at the same time as angiography with no need to return for a further procedure.
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