Heritage Valley Heart & Vascular Center offers cardiac computed tomography, or cardiac CT, at Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley. Cardiac CT is a painless, non- invasive test that uses an x-ray machine to take clear, detailed pictures of the heart. This common test is used to look for problems in the heart.
Heritage Valley uses a 64-slice CT Scanner with the latest technology that includes reduced radiation dosages resulting in high quality images of the heart. A computer then puts the pictures together to make a three-dimensional (3D) picture of the whole heart.
The cardiac computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) is a test that is used to see the heart’s arteries, showing if they have developed important disease that can cause narrowing or blockage. This is what coronary artery disease (CAD) is all about. This same test can be used to identify other concerns that relate to problems with heart function, heart valves, pulmonary arteries and the aorta.
An iodine-based dye (contrast dye) is injected into one of the patient’s veins during the scan. The contrast dye travels through the blood vessels, which helps highlight them on the x-ray
A coronary calcium scan looks for specks of calcium (called calcifications) in the walls of the coronary arteries. Calcifications are an early sign of coronary artery disease and reflect the impact cholesterol can have on the blood vessels. The test can show whether a person is at increased risk for a heart attack or other heart problems even before signs and symptoms occur.
The coronary calcium scan is simple and easy for the patient, who lies quietly in the scanner machine for about 10 minutes. The scanner takes pictures of the heart that show whether the coronary arteries have calcifications. The “calcium score” corresponds to risk, not blockage. Doctors study the pictures to see whether your calcium score puts you at risk for heart problems over the next 4 to 5 years.
Heritage Valley Beaver
1000 Dutch Ridge Road
Beaver, PA 15009
Heritage Valley Sewickley
720 Blackburn Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
To schedule a Cardiac CT appointment, call 1-866-901-7388.