Cardiac cath vs. Angiogram? HELP PLEASE!!! :)

  1. What is the difference between a cardiac catheterization and an angiogram (or cardioangiogram)?

    I can only see that, maybe, the insertion site is via an incision to get to a larger artery for the cath?

    We have a cardiac test Wednesday!
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  3. by   REJUSI
    an angiogram involves the injecting of contrast dye into a vessel (and xrays to see the resulting picture)...artery or could be anywhere...leg, brain, heart, etc. more specifically, they are called arteriogram and venogram. in a left heart cath, a catheter in threaded to the coronary arteries, usually with a femoral entry site in my ccl, and c. dye is injected/xrays done, allowing visualization of the size/regularity of the vessels. in a right heart cath, a pulmonary artery catheter/swn ganz catheter in threaded via the venous system into the ra/rv/then the pa and wedges in the pa...pressures are checked along the way. a left heart cath does not mean they will go in the left groin or right heart cath...into the right groin. hope this helps...
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN

    It does help.