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How Much Does an Angiogram Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $5,000-$100,000+
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An angiogram is a test that uses a special type of X-ray, fluoroscopy, to take images of the blood flow in arteries or veins in the head, arms, chest, legs or back. It can detect blood flow problems such as aneurysm or blockage, can reveal the extent of atherosclerosis, can show blood flow to a tumor, and can aid a surgeon in preparing for vascular or transplant surgery. Risks include bleeding, infection, kidney damage, stroke or heart attack.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, the cost of an angiogram typically would consist of a copay or coinsurance of 10%-50% or more. An angiogram typically would be covered by health insurance when medically necessary to diagnose or treat an illness or condition.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, the cost of an angiogram can range from less than $5,000-$100,000 or more, depending on the facility and the area of the body being examined. In general, angiography of the arms, legs, head and chest costs less than angiography of the abdomen or spine. According to NewChoiceHealth.com, an arm angiogram[1] costs an average of $4,700, a chest angiogram[2] costs an average of $4,800, a head and neck angiogram[3] costs an average of $16,200, a spinal angiogram[4] costs an average of $17,800, and an abdominal angiogram[5] costs an average of $30,800. Pennsylvania cardiologist Stephen Sinatra[6] estimates the cost of a coronary angiogram at $5,000-$10,000. And Baptist Memorial Health Care in Tennessee charges, not including doctor fee, about $12,000 for an angiogram of the lungs, $21,000 for the arm or leg, $22,000 for the head and neck, $28,000 for the abdomen and $108,000 for the spine.
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What should be included:
  • The patient will lie on an X-ray table and will be hooked up to an IV to receive fluids and possibly a sedative, and to electrodes to monitor the heart. A catheter typically is inserted into a vein in the groin or near the elbow, and is pushed up through blood vessels to the area being examined. A special contrast dye is then is injected and X-rays are then taken from many angles.
  • During an angiogram, treatments such as removing a blockage in a blood vessel or stopping internal bleeding can be performed, if necessary.
  • The procedure, which can be outpatient or inpatient, usually takes one to three hours. Some patients are able to go home the same day, while others require a hospital stay of a day or more.
  • WebMD has an angiogram overview[7] .
Additional costs:
  • Depending on the reason for the test and the results, the doctor might recommend additional tests or treatment. For example, if a coronary angiogram shows artery blockage, a doctor might recommend a nuclear stress test[8] to check blood flow throughout the heart. This can cost up to $4,000 or more. A doctor might also recommend angioplasty, which can cost $30,000 or more, or heart bypass surgery, which can cost $70,000-$200,000 or more.
Discounts:
  • Many hospitals give discounts of up to 30% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[9] in California offers a 35% discount.
Shopping for an angiogram:
  • A family doctor or specialist can make a referral to a radiologist[10] , a physician who specializes in imaging, and should be board-certified by the American Board of Radiology, or a hospital where an angiogram can be performed.
  • Depending on the reason for the test, the individual case and the results, a patient might need to consult another specialist such as a cardiologist, hematologist or pulmonologist -- all doctors who should be board-certified in internal medicine[11] with additional training in their area of focus.
  • For patients with suspected heart disease, a standard coronary angiogram using a catheter might be necessary for diagnosis. However, for some patients, a less invasive CT angiogram might be an alternative. The Cleveland Clinic offers information on the CT angiogram[12] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Heart Angiogram
Amount: $36,000.00
Posted by: JJohn in Carmel, IN.Posted: September 28th, 2018 01:09PM
Physician: N/AMedical Center: IU North
In hospital about 5 hours, outpatient, through wrist no complications or other services. My part $4,000. There is no justification for this amount. My part alone should have been sufficient. Our health care system is broken and the relationship between the insurance companies & hospitals is incestious.
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Coronary Angiogram
Amount: $34,000.00
Posted by: Kendal in Anchorage, AK.Posted: February 15th, 2018 07:02AM
Physician: Dr Stanley WatkinsMedical Center: Alaska Regional
I had coronary agiogram with 2 hour after care. Received bill of 34,000 . Aetna covered 29,000 leaving me with a 5000 balance. Seems a bit over priced.
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heart surgery
Amount: $16,000.00
Posted by: scot in cleavland, OH.Posted: June 5th, 2016 11:06AM
Physician: manyMedical Center: Cleavland Clinic
I had 4 Echos, 1 stress test, 2 CT scans, 1 MRI, something they put down my throat, and a Angiogram, aorta valve repair, aorta replacement, 7 days in hospital.
total bill 256k
after insurance I paid 16733$
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Coronary Angiogram
Amount: $26,000.00
Posted by: Rob1000 in Prescott, AZ.Posted: May 13th, 2016 11:05AM
Physician: D\'AntonioMedical Center: YRMC
After insurance, my portion was $6,000. Some of the charges on the statement do seem overpriced.
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Angiogram cost
Amount: $35,000.00
Posted by: Den M in Missoula, MT.Posted: January 4th, 2016 01:01PM
Physician: Medical Center: St Patrics Hopital
I went in July 2015 they did a angiogram on me thru my wrist. I was in the hospital for 6 hours home the same day I went it,
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Angiogram of Heart
Amount: $9,961.42
Posted by: [email protected] in Midvale, UT.Posted: November 1st, 2015 01:11AM
Physician: JAMES REVENAUGHMedical Center: Intermountain Medical Center
It was all billed to my insurance plan. I had already met my deductible at the beginning of the year so I paid $0. The insurance only paid out $6453.12.
The actual procedure was billed: $1290.00. Insurance paid: $1142.82.
The "Pharmacy" for the drugs needed to sleep me and to numb the leg was billed $36.54 and insurance paid $22.40.
The surgical supplies were billed $854.64. Paid was $523.89.
The laboratory was billed $168.34. Paid was $97.91.
The cost for the cath lab was $6308.02. Paid was $3866.82.
The "drugs with specific intent", probably the dye for the angiogram. Cost $59.00 and paid was $36.17.
The recovery room was $1244.88 and the paid was $763.11.
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Angiogram of heart
Amount: $55,150.00
Posted by: Pamela Garrett in Palm Springs, FL.Posted: September 1st, 2015 07:09PM
Physician: Medical Center: Jfk medical center
Had this procedure done to check heart due to abnormal stress test. Did not need any stents or any other procedure as everything was negative. I about had a heart attack when I opened the bill!!!
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Angiogram
Amount: $30,000.00
Posted by: StubbsMagoo in Richland, WA.Posted: January 20th, 2015 08:01PM
Physician: Doctor KorimerlaMedical Center: Kadlec Medical Center Richland, WA.
My angiogram was done through the wrist area, with no stents, and was over in 20 minutes. 30 k ...really? I wish I was one of the millions in the U.S. that had no insurance to rape, then I could have gotten it for free. So now I am looking at 2k I owe immediately!!!!! This price is ridiculous and Kadlec Medical Center in Richland Washington should be ashamed and the community should be appalled. Shame on you Kadlec!!!!
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  6.  www.drsinatra.com/heart-disease-tests-question-on-angiograms
  7.  www.webmd.com/heart-disease/angiogram
  8.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007201.htm
  9.  www.whhs.com/about/washington-hospital-discount-policy-for-uninsured/
  10.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/careers/index.cfm?pg=diagcareer
  11.  www.abim.org/specialty/pulmonary-disease.aspx
  12.  my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/services/tests/radiograph/coronarycta.aspx
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