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Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)

What is a cardiac computerized tomography angiography (CTA) scan? 

A computed tomography angiography scan is a non-invasive diagnostic exam that evaluates the heart and its surrounding blood vessels. A (CTA) scan involves contrast being injected through an IV. This helps the doctor visualize your heart, coronary arteries, and surrounding anatomy. This advanced medical imaging scan provides highly detailed cross-sectional images of the heart and identifies potential issues with the heart's structure, function, and blood flow

One common abnormality it identifies is plaque buildup, which can consist of calcium, cholesterol, or fat and may lead to conditions like coronary artery disease or heart failure. Your scan is performed by a CAT scan technologist. The scan is read by a radiologist and cardiologist. After your cardiologist has the results of your scan, they may recommend further tests or treatment.

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Assessing Heart Valve Functions

Lee Health Heart Institute's cardiologists provide a comprehensive assessments of the heart's anatomy, essential valves, and evaluate how effectively the heart pumps blood, which is a critical indicator of overall heart health. This scan can detect issues related to heart valves, such as stenosis (narrowing) or regurgitation (leakage), allowing healthcare providers to diagnose structural problems and valve concerns.

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    Heart Valve Center

    The Heart Valve Center is the first of its kind in SWFL bringing together the expertise of the Shipley Cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists to provide traditional, minimally invasive and transcatheter treatment for valve disease. The highlight of the valve center is the weekly conference where a multidisciplinary panel of experts come together to make recommendations for the management of a patient’s valve disease.

Detecting Coronary Artery Disease

One of the primary applications of a cardiac CT scan is the identification of coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is characterized by the blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries, which can restrict blood flow to the heart and pose serious risks. CTA scans are instrumental in precisely measuring and identifying these blockages, providing essential information about the severity of CAD.

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    Coronary Artery Disease

    Diagnostic tests, lifestyle changes, and surgical treatments to help clear your arteries and make your heart healthier.

Why do you need a cardiac (CTA) scan?

You might require a CTA if you have symptoms of cardiovascular disease or if your doctor needs more information about your heart health. Some common reasons for a scan include:

A cardiac CT scan is a valuable tool for assessing your heart's health without invasive procedures, providing clear images that help in diagnosis and treatment planning.

What is the Lee Health Heart Institute's approach to cardiac imaging?

The Lee Health Heart Institute believes in a collaborative approach to cardiac care. Our cardiac imaging experts work closely with your referring physician to ensure a personalized care plan that meets your unique needs. We prioritize your well-being and strive to provide you with state-of-the-art technology, AI-powered analysis for precise diagnoses and personalized cardiac care. 

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    Heart Institute

    Our expert cardiovascular team is the largest and most experienced in Southwest Florida. No matter where you are in your health care journey, our experts are alongside you every step of the way. Click here to learn more about Lee Health Cardiovascular Services.

It's Easy to Schedule an Appointment

Take advantage of the latest technology in cardiovascular diagnostics by scheduling your cardiac imaging at the Lee Health Heart Institute. Our commitment to personalized patient care ensures that you receive the most accurate and reliable heart assessment.

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