What is a CTA of the Coronary Arteries?
CT Angiography is a noninvasive imaging study that helps see fat and calcium deposits that have accumulated in the coronary arteries. These deposits, called plaques, can lead to blockages which can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, and/or heart attacks. If you have high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, a family history of heart disease, diabetes, and/or smoke, you may be at risk for developing these plaques.
Who should consider CTA of the Coronary Arteries?
Patients should discuss with their primary physician or cardiologist whether this study would be helpful to assess their cardiac health. The most common reasons to order a CTA of the Coronary Arteries are to:
Why It Is Done?
A CT angiogram is done to look for:
How is this study performed?
Pictures are taken of the heart and coronary arteries using a special type of x-ray machine called a 128-slice multi-detector CT scanner. These pictures are obtained while contrast dye is given intravenously. The patient lies on an open table within a large donut-like structure that takes the pictures. The CTA scan is pain-free and takes 10 minutes.
How do I prepare for a CTA of the Coronary Arteries?
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