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October 14, 1961

The Clinical Applications of Coronary Arteriography

JAMA. 1961;178(2):105-109. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040410005002

An effort was made to determine the value of coronary arteriography in a variety of clinical situations. Eighty-six patients were studied with no resultant mortality and little morbidity. Five cases are presented to typify the usefulness of this test. Arteriography is valuable in the diagnosis of obscure heart disease or in determining the presence of complicating atherosclerosis in patients with heart disease of known types. After myocardial infarction an idea can be obtained of the development of collateral circulation or of the general state of the coronary vessels. Coronary arteriography offers a unique method of evaluating the results of treatment. Finally the changes that accompany the advancing atherosclerotic process can be studied serially in the living patient in a manner not previously possible.