Cardiac CT aftercare
This page will give you information about aftercare following your CT scan of the heart.
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After your cardiac CT scan
You can eat and drink normally after your CT scan. We recommend that you drink plenty of fluids for the following 2 to 3 days.
The results of the CT scan will be sent to the doctor who requested the test. The doctor will contact you to arrange a follow-up appointment.
You may have been given any of the following medication during your CT scan appointment:
- Beta blockers: Metropolol or Betaloc
- GTN Glyceryl Trinitrate spray
- X-ray contrast (dye)
Beta blockers are used to lower your heart rate.
If you have feelings of reduced heart rate and tiredness you should not drive or operate any other machinery until these settle.
GTN is used to relax and widen the blood vessels in the heart increasing the blood flow to your heart muscles.
GTN also widens the blood vessels in the rest of your body which may result in the following side effects which are temporary and usually become less of a problem over time:
- Headaches - these can be helped by taking pain relief such as paracetamol. Please follow the instructions on the packet.
- Dizziness - If you experience any dizziness this can be reduced by sitting or lying down.
X-ray contrast (dye)
X-ray contrast or ‘dye’ is used to highlight the organs within the body making it easier to see them on the images. In a few cases an allergy to the contrast may happen up to 2 days after the injection.
If you experience any of the following symptoms please contact your GP for advice:
- Itchy, raised rash on the skin around the site of injection or all over the body.
- Feeling sick or vomiting up to 24 hours after the injection.
If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Radiology Nurses.
Tel: 0300 422 6245
Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
Alternately you can contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice.