CT Coronary Angiogram (Cardiac CT) in Dubai

In the realm of modern medical advancements, one diagnostic procedure stands out as a game-changer for heart health: CT Coronary Angiogram.                             

This non-invasive imaging technique has revolutionized how we assess and understand coronary artery disease. It offers a detailed, three-dimensional look at the heart’s blood vessels, enabling early detection, precise diagnosis, and informed treatment decisions.

What is a CT Coronary Angiogram?

A computerized tomography (CT) coronary angiogram is a diagnostic imaging test examining the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

A CT coronary angiogram uses an injection of contrast and a powerful X-ray machine to generate images of the heart and its blood vessels. The test serves as a diagnostic tool for assessing the coronary anatomy

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Why Might I Need a CT Coronary Angiogram?

A cardiologist may employ cardiac CT to diagnose various heart conditions, such as:

  • Narrowed or blocked coronary arteries due to atherosclerosis, i.e., fatty plaques that build inside the blood vessels
  • Congenital (by birth) malformation of the coronary arteries
  • Congenital heart defects like atrial septal defect/ventricular septal defect (ASD/VSD) also called as hole in the heart.

How to Prepare for CT Coronary Angiogram Procedure?

Preparing for a CT Coronary Angiogram involves several steps to ensure the procedure is safe and effective. Here are some general guidelines for preparation:

  • You will be asked to fast for a certain period before the test.
  • Don’t drink caffeinated beverages for 12 hours before the test as they can elevate heart rate, making it difficult to get clear pictures of the heart.
  • Stop taking certain medications temporarily as per the advice from the cardiologist
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

How to Prepare for CT Coronary Angiogram Procedure?

Preparing for a CT Coronary Angiogram involves several steps to ensure the procedure is safe and effective. Here are some general guidelines for preparation:      

  • You will be asked to fast for a certain period before the test.
  • Don’t drink caffeinated beverages for 12 hours before the test as they can elevate heart rate, making it difficult to get clear pictures of the heart.
  • Stop taking certain medications temporarily as per the advice from the cardiologist
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

How is a CT Coronary Angiogram Done?

A CT Coronary Angiogram (CTCA) uses a CT scanner to visualize the coronary arteries and assess blood flow to the heart. Here is a step-by-step overview of how this non-invasive angiogram is performed:

  • Before a CT coronary angiogram, a beta-blocker may be administered to slow your heart rate for clearer scan images.
  • You’ll receive numbing medicine, and a technician will place an IV in your hand or arm.
  • A contrast dye is injected through this IV to enhance blood vessel visibility on CT images. Electrodes are affixed to your chest to monitor your heart rate.
  • You’ll lie on a long table that will slide through a short, tunnel-like machine called a CT scanner. During the scan, you must stay still and hold your breath as directed. Any movement can cause blurry images and decrease the accuracy of the test
  • A healthcare provider will operate the CT machine from a separate room, usually separated from your exam room by a glass window. You can communicate with the provider via an intercom system.
  • The actual scanning portion of the test typically takes as little as five seconds, but the entire process of cardiac CT in may take up to an hour to complete.

CT Angiogram vs Convential Angiogram

CT angiogram is a less invasive alternative to the traditional or convential angiogram also known as cardiac catheterization

The main difference is that cardiaccatheterization necessitates the insertion of a catheter into an artery and its advancement to the heart. In contrast, a CT coronary angiogram doesn’t require catheter insertion.

The key advantage of CT coronary angiogram is that it’s a non-invasive procedure. It doesn’t involve inserting a catheter into the body. If significant blockages are identified on a CT angiogram, a traditional angiogram may be warranted

What is the CT Coronary Angiogram Cost in Dubai?

The CT Coronary angiogram cost in Dubai typically is around 4000-6000 AED. Prices of CT angiogram in Dubai vary depending on the healthcare facility, the inclusion of contrast dye, and any additional services or consultations required.

Patients are advised to consult with healthcare providers, obtain cost estimates of CT angiogram  cost in Dubai, and check with insurance providers for coverage details to understand the CT Angiography cost in Dubai.

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Explore the Benefits of CT Coronary Angiography in Dubai

CT Coronary Angiography in Dubai is a valuable diagnostic tool for assessing any blockages in the coronary arteries Dr. Tamkeen Kinah is a level 2 certified in CT coronary angiography from USA.

Contact Dr. Tamkeen today to ensure your heart receives the care and attention it deserves.

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