A Cardiac CT Scan records pictures of your heart. Before the pictures are taken, dye is injected into a vein (in your arm). The dye highlights any blockages in your coronary arteries, helping to diagnose coronary artery disease.
Severe reactions to Cardia CT Scan are rare, some of the risks include:
If you have any concerns about the risks, talk to us.
To prepare for a Cardiac CT Scan, you need to:
You may need to take medication to slow your heart rate, as Cardiac CT Scan images are clearer when your heart rate is lower. If you have diabetes, kidney problems, asthma or allergies, you may not be able to have a Cardiac CT Scan. In this case, your doctor will be able to advise you on another treatment.
Here’s what usually happens during a Cardiac CT Scan:
As soon as the CTCA is finished, you’ll be taken to a recovery area, and doctors will observe you to ensure you’re recovering well. The cannula will be removed from your arm, and if you’re feeling well you can go home. Your doctor will make a follow-up appointment with you to discuss the results of your CTCA. If the images show narrowing or blockages, your doctor will help you to decide the best treatment option for you.
Your doctor may recommend a Cardiac CT Scan if you have symptoms of coronary artery disease, such as:
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