Cardiac PET Scan

Cardiac PET Scan

Are you experiencing unusual chest pain or discomfort but aren’t sure what the cause is or the best course of action? This uncertainty can be deeply unsettling and is likely to affect your daily life and mental health. Fortunately, advances in medical imaging offer powerful tools for understanding heart health, one of which is the Cardiac PET scan. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we leverage the precision of Cardiac PET scans to design effective treatment plans that meet your needs.  This diagnostic test offers detailed insights into your heart's functioning and can help identify problems early and accurately. 

Cardiac PET Scans and Their Importance

A cardiac positron emission tomography or PET scan is a highly advanced imaging test that allows doctors to observe the blood flow to the heart. This non-invasive procedure uses a small amount of radioactive material, which is detected by the PET scanner, to create detailed images of the functioning heart muscle. It helps your doctor gain an understanding of how well the heart works so they can identify areas that receive inadequate blood supply due to coronary artery disease. For patients at risk of heart disease, those experiencing symptoms of coronary artery disease, or individuals recovering from a heart attack, PET scans are invaluable. They provide critical data that helps in accurately assessing the severity of heart conditions, thereby aiding in making more informed decisions about medical interventions.

What a Cardiac PET Scan Can Tell You About Your Heart

A Cardiac PET scan measures the blood flow to the heart while at rest and during stress. This is vital in diagnosing the presence and severity of coronary artery disease. The scan can pinpoint areas of the heart muscle that are not receiving enough blood, thus identifying blockages or narrowed arteries. They can assess the viability of the heart muscle as well. In patients who have had previous heart attacks, it's important to determine the areas of the heart that are still functioning and those that are scarred or damaged. This information is used for planning treatments such as surgeries or interventions like stenting or bypass surgery. These scans can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of ongoing treatments or surgical procedures. Using a before-and-after picture allows doctors to make adjustments to treatments in real time, ensuring that every patient will receive the best care for their specific condition.

The Benefits of Choosing a Cardiac PET Scan Over Other Methods

When compared to other imaging methods, such as SPECT or traditional angiography, Cardiac PET scans offer several advantages. One of the most significant is the accuracy and quality of the images produced. PET scans provide more detailed and clearer images, which help in making a more accurate diagnosis. Cardiac PET scans have a lower radiation risk compared to other diagnostic tests that use radioactive tracers, too. This aspect makes it a safer choice, particularly for patients who might require multiple scans over time. PET scans are also faster and can be completed within a few hours, minimizing the discomfort and inconvenience for the patient. 

Cardiac PET Scan
Cardiac PET Scan

How Cardiac PET Scans Improve Diagnosis and Treatment

The detailed visualization of blood flow and heart muscle activity provided by Cardiac PET scans enhances the diagnostic process. This level of detail allows cardiologists to detect diseases early and with greater precision, reducing the chance of misdiagnosis and ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate treatment. In terms of treatment, the comprehensive data from a Cardiac PET scan enables personalized treatment plans. Doctors can see the current state of the heart and how well different regions of the heart respond to stress or medication. This insight is invaluable in creating effective, individualized treatment strategies that can lead to better outcomes for patients. Ongoing monitoring with PET scans can help track the progress of heart disease treatment, giving both patient and doctor the confidence that they are on the right path to recovery.

Do You Need a Cardiac PET Scan?

At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we are ready to provide our patients with the highest standards of care using innovative technology like the Cardiac PET scan. Don’t wait to take control of your heart health. Contact us today to learn more about how a Cardiac PET scan can provide you with the clarity and solutions you need to lead a healthier life.

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair