How does CT-Angiogram Improve Health of Patients
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How does CT-Angiogram Improve Health of Patients

This is a very good question, and should be asked before any CT angiogram study.  The main purpose of a CT angiogram is to help your physician diagnose problems with the heart or other blood vessels of the body.  A CT angiogram has significant risks and side effects, however, and the potential benefit of a CT-angiogram should outweigh the risks before being completed. 

CT-angiograms of the heart, for example, are not currently recommended as a routine screening tool.  Although they are very effective at determining the health of heart vessels, a CT Angiogram of the heart is only recommended when heart disease is suspected by your physician.

A CT angiogram can improve a patients health if it detects early heart or vascular disease and medical treatment is started that stops the progression of heart disease.  The most common medical treatment is the use of statin therapy.  If there is significant disease with very narrow arteries, you may be at risk of a heart attack or blockage of a major artery.  Your physician may determine that you should undergo heart surgery by a cardiothoracic surgeon, artery surgery by a vascular surgeon, or angioplasty by a cardiologist.

Overall, you should speak with your physician regarding the risks and benefits of a CT angiogram before undergoing a scan.




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