Cardiac CT or the computerized tomography (CT) coronary angiogram is a medical imaging process that examines the blood-supplying vessels to your heart. As you know, the heart pumps blood throughout your body, but the heart also needs blood to live. Blood vessel blockage is the most common heart attack cause; hence your doctor may recommend you take a Cardiac CT to diagnose chest pain and symptoms. So, we covered how it saves your life within this paragraph.
What performs this life-saving scanning method? Well, the CT scan is the medical imaging test that uses the highest X-ray amount. So, the computerized tomography (CT) coronary angiogram also uses powerful X-ray machine for the purpose. Examining the heart and its blood vessels is the proven method to diagnose health issues related to it. Any doctor can assume your health condition by listening to your sings and symptoms. Chest pain is the most common early sign of an imminent heart attack. Anyway, the doctor should confirm the cause of it, and which is why he/she will advise you to take a Cardiac CT. Investigating the narrowing of the heart’s blood vessels is the primary aspect of this test. Depending on what the imaging test reveals, the doctor will recommend the next actions; it could be a surgery too.
What are the risks of Cardiac CT?: As mentioned, this medical imaging test uses the highest X-ray amount. Anyway, the extent of x-ray exposure may vary depending on the CT scanning machine. Modern scanners use x-rays in lower amounts; Clarity owns the latest scanners now. Cancer formation after radiation exposure is the prime threat here, but the chance for it is only a fraction. Most of the time, doctors don’t recommend this test for pregnant women. Also, if you are planning to get pregnant; let the doctor know it. An allergic reaction may occur due to the dye used in the process. But, the allergic reaction is only a short-term one.
How to prepare for Cardiac CT?: Depending on the situation, your doctor will give you the necessary instructions for it. In case of emergencies, the process will be completed with less preparation to save the patient’s life. Most of the time, your doctor will advise you to avoid taking any food for about four hours before the imaging process. And, make sure you avoid beverages that increase your heart rate for about 12 hours before the test. So, not having coffee and other caffeinated beverages is a must-do here. If the dye has caused allergic reactions previously; let the doctor know it. Wearing a hospital gown is advisable as you will have to take off clothing above the waist level. To slow down your heart rate, your doctor will give you something called Beta Blocker before the Cardiac CT. Again, if you have gone through any side effects due to a beta blocker previously; let your doctor know it. Another medication to dilate to blood vessels is a part of the imaging process.
The duration of the Cardiac CT scan is a variable aspect. For example, it can be short as just a few seconds or can take an hour to complete. Once we complete the test; we give the result to you; you can produce it to your doctor. What actions to take is up to your doctor here!