Find out if you are at risk of a heart attack.
At US-Sino HeartCare, a simple scan can reveal signs of heart disease and can determine your risk of having a heart attack. Our Computed Tomography Angiography, or CTA, uses x-rays and computers to produce images of the heart. To more clearly show the coronary arteries, the patient is given a contrast dye through a small needle in the arm. During the CTA test, the patient must lie very still on the table as it moves through the large, circular scanning device.
CTA is an excellent diagnostic test for patients with a history of heart disease, or who are experiencing episodes of chest pain during physical activity. CTA can also be extremely valuable in diagnosing patients with no symptoms and a zero calcium score, but have several risk factors for heart disease and are hesitant to make healthy lifestyle changes and/or take necessary medications.
CTA images can reveal soft plaque forming in the coronary arteries of the heart. Left untreated, the plaque builds up, narrowing the arteries and restricting blood flow. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow is completely blocked.
Calcification located in the coronary arteries can be detected by a heart CT scan and indicates the level of heart disease present. The more the calcification, the greater the severity of heart disease, and the more likely the patient will experience a heart attack unless preventive measures are taken.
Depending on the calcium score from a patient's scan and other test results, our physicians might suggest a change in diet, medications or additional tests.
The complete heart evaluation at US-Sino HeartCare includes:
- Heart risk assessment
- Calcium score
- CTA of coronary arteries
- Imaging of the carotid arteries
- Cholesterol testing
- Blood pressure testing
- Ankle-brachial index
- Conference with cardiology experts