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Cardiovascular Disease Specialist & Interventional Cardiology in Brandon, FL & Sun City Center, FL

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Cardiac CT

To evaluate the function of your heart, Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA offers noninvasive cardiac CT scans right in the comfort of their offices. The cardiology specialists use advanced scanning technology to evaluate the valves, blood vessels, and other structures of your heart. This helps them identify disease or damage that affects your cardiovascular health. To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of a cardiac CT scan, call the office in Brandon, Sun City Center, Riverview, or Tampa, Florida, today or book an appointment online.


Cardiac CT Q & A


What is a cardiac CT?

A cardiac computed tomography (CT) scan is a noninvasive imaging procedure that uses X-ray technology to take detailed pictures of your heart’s structures, including its blood vessels.

The technology combines several X-ray images with computer-generated cross-sectional views of your body to identify or evaluate defects or disease in your:

  • Heart muscle
  • Coronary arteries
  • Pulmonary veins
  • Abdominal and thoracic aorta
  • Pericardium (the sac around your heart)

If the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA providers need to evaluate your heart’s blood vessels, they inject a contrast dye into your bloodstream during a cardiac CT scan. The dye highlights obstructions or abnormalities.

What can I expect during a cardiac CT?

Before your appointment for a cardiac CT, the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA physicians will guide you in preparing for your test. This guidance can include asking you to avoid caffeine, food, and any beverages except water in the hours before your scan.

You lie on a scanning table during your procedure, and the providers start an intravenous (IV) line into your vein to deliver the contrast dye into your bloodstream. They place electrode patches on your chest.

The scanning table you’re lying on slides into the CT machine. You must lie as still as possible during your scan to get the clearest images of your heart’s structures. Remaining still can be uncomfortable, but otherwise, a cardiac CT scan isn’t painful and requires no anesthesia.

How long until I get the results of my cardiac CT?

After the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA providers are sure they have the images they need to make a diagnosis, you can go back to your usual activities without restrictions.

The cardiologists will review your scan results and then talk with you about additional testing if needed or a customized plan to treat any cardiovascular condition that might be diagnosed.

They offer several minimally invasive procedures to clear blockages from your blood vessels, treat varicose veins, and repair damage to your heart muscle.

Schedule a consultation online today or call the nearest Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA office to learn if a cardiac CT scan is right for you.

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