CT Coronary Angiogram
Note: Specialist Referral required for Medicare Bulk Billing / Rebate
- Stable symptoms that are consistent with coronary ischaemia, are at low to intermediate risk of coronary artery disease & would have been considered for coronary angiography (patients with chest pain for investigation).
- Exclusion of coronary artery anomaly or fistula.
- Patient undergoing non-coronary cardiac surgery (cardiac valve surgery).
The blood vessels that supply blood to the heart are the coronary arteries (CA). Previously the only accurate way of assessing these was by a conventional coronary angiogram. This is an invasive test which requires hospital admission and a contrast injection through a large needle into the femoral artery.
Today the coronary arteries for most people can now be assessed using ultra-fast computed tomography (CT) scanners. The benefit is that a CTCA is a less invasive test that involves a contrast injection through a vein in the arm. It is quicker, has less potential complications and has been shown to be as accurate as a conventional coronary angiogram.
(Approximately 2-3 hrs duration)
PRE-MEDICATION REGIMEN – AIM:
HR Equal to or less than 60 bpm Metoprolol 50-100 mg night before and 8am morning of CTCA prescribed by referrer.
- Chronic beta blocker I calcium channel therapy to heart rate = to or less than 60 bpm.
- Take ALL normal morning medications except metformin.
- Fast for 4 hours if possible prior to CTCA.
- No caffeine, coffee, tea, energy drinks for 24 hours prior to CTCA.
- No Cialis, Viagra, Levitra or similar for 36 hours prior to CTCA.
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