Has anyone ever had a CTA? I have one Tuesday and I am scared. They are turning my pacemaker down to 57 and I have to take beta blockers for 3 days ( i have not yet taken them yet..too scared to I guess).
They say they need my heart rate at 60 not any higher for the test. Well I know how I feel with my heart that low.
I would like any information from anyone that has taken beta blockers for the test only and had to have ther pm turned down,
I will take any information from anyone:) Thank you



by amy29 - 2008-01-20 05:01:30

CTA=Coronary CTA with Contrast


by jessie - 2008-01-20 06:01:00

i would like to help but unfortunately i don't know. i had the thallium test where they injected die and it felt like an elephant on my chest. i have not had the cta nor have i taken beta blockers but my brother has and he made out fine. so maybe smitty or dominique have some experience and will come on later jessie


by jweese - 2008-01-20 09:01:47

I have had two of these - one in Mar 07 (before my bivent pacemaker/icd) and one in Nov. 07 (after my icd). Both times I had to take BB. It is a very easy test. I didn't have any trouble with it at all other than having a very low pulse for a while. They had to give me something extra in the IV to get my pulse lower at the time of the 2nd test b/c it wasn't going low enough. Other than that, it was one of the easier tests I have had done for my heart. They inject die and then put you through the CT scanner. Hope this helps!


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