A CT Coronary Angoigram or “CTCA” is a scan that records pictures of your heart.
What is a CT coronary angiogram or CTCA?
A CT coronary angiogram or “CTCA” is a scan that records pictures of your heart. Before the pictures are taken, dye is injected into a vein (usually in your arm). The dye highlights any blockages in your coronary arteries, helping to diagnose coronary artery disease.
Why do I need a CTCA?
Your doctor may recommend a CTCA if you have symptoms of coronary artery disease, like:
What are the risks of a CTCA?
Severe reactions to CTCA are rare, but some risks do exist, including:
If you have any concerns about the risks, chat to your doctor.
How do I prepare for a CTCA?
To prepare for a CTCA, you need to:
You may need to take medication to slow your heart rate, as CTCA images are clearer when the heart rate is low. If you have diabetes, kidney problems or a history of allergies, you may not be able to have a CTCA. In these cases, your doctor will be able to advise you on another treatment option.
What happens during a CTCA?
Here’s what usually happens during a CTCA:
What happens after a CTCA?
As soon as the CTCA is finished, you’ll be taken to a recovery area, and the team looking after you 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.