The HeartFlow® Analysis for CAD
Northeast Georgia Medical Center is the first hospital in Georgia to offer the HeartFlow® analysis to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD). This non-invasive heart test is able to produce a personalized 3D model of your coronary arteries.
Historically, this detailed information was only available through an invasive heart procedure. The information gathered from the test, including how a blockage impacts the flow of blood to the heart, can help your doctor develop your customized treatment.
What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death of men and women in the United States. CAD can develop when arteries that lead to the heart narrow or become blocked – reducing blood flow to the heart. When this occurs, chest pain, heart attacks and death can result.
Who is a candidate for a HeartFlow Analysis?
If your NGMC doctor needs more information after a CT scan of the heart, he or she may order a HeartFlow Analysis. This test can be performed in the same clinic visit as your CT scan. There is not additional risk from the test.
What to expect during a HeartFlow Analysis?
HeartFlow technology will use the CT scan results to create a personalized digital 3D model of your coronary arteries. The analysis will calculate how much your blockages limit your blood flow in the heart.
Your NGMC cardiologist will receive the digital, color-coded 3D model of your arteries and will use it to develop a customized treatment plan for you.
Benefits of HeartFlow Analysis:
- Provides a more detailed view of the significance of your coronary artery blockage than a standard coronary CT scan
- No risk to the patient
- Reduces the need for follow-up testing
- Aids your cardiologist in developing an appropriate treatment of care
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For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 770-534-2020.