Risks and complications of coronary angiography: a comprehensive review

Glob J Health Sci. 2012 Jan 1;4(1):65-93. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v4n1p65.


Coronary angiography and heart catheterization are invaluable tests for the detection and quantification of coronary artery disease, identification of valvular and other structural abnormalities, and measurement of hemodynamic parameters. The risks and complications associated with these procedures relate to the patient's concomitant conditions and to the skill and judgment of the operator. In this review, we examine in detail the major complications associated with invasive cardiac procedures and provide the reader with a comprehensive bibliography for advanced reading.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Contrast Media / adverse effects
  • Coronary Angiography / adverse effects*
  • Coronary Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans


  • Contrast Media