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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Vascular CT Study

Purpose of the Test

Vascular CTA studies are non-invasive tests. They use contrast to highlight blood vessels and vascular organs.

The Test

  • Do not eat anything 1 hour before your test.
  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water 24 hours before your test.
  • You may take all regularly scheduled meds EXCEPT: Actoplus Met, Avandamet, Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glucovance, Glumetza, Janumet, Kombiglyze, Metaglip, Metformin, Riomet and Prandimet. Other medicines for diabetes taken by mouth will need to be held for 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Come to the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center atrium desk at your scheduled time.
  • We will explain the test before starting it.
  • We will place an intravenous (IV) line into your arm or hand. We will use this line to give you the contrast for your test.
  • During the CT exam, the scanner will take pictures while the contrast is being injected. The contrast will make you feel warm and may give you a metallic-like taste in your mouth. This feeling will last 20 to 30 seconds.
  • The test will take about 15 minutes.
  • Once the technologist is sure all information is gathered, we will remove your IV. You may continue all normal activities and eat as usual after the test.

If you have any questions, please call CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at 320-656-7020 or 800-448-3455.