A 60-year-old male asked:
cardiology resubmit #: does a cta-radiation and dye exam of the heart raise the heart rate to its maximum level like a stress threadmill exam would?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
No: Not at all. In fact the patient may receive medications to slow down the heart. Slower heart rates result in more accurate imaging.
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Cardiology 17 years experience
No: No, CTA actually looks at heart artery itself (structure of heart at rest). Treadmill Stress increases heart rate to see if there is compromise to blood flow to the heart.
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Internal Medicine 11 years experience
No: No, in fact you want the heart to be slower when undergoing a CTA. It allows better visualization of the coronary arteries.
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Last updated Mar 20, 2015
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