CT-FFR HeartFlow Noninvasive Coronary Artery Disease Test

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What is CT-FFR?

A computed tomography–fractional flow reserve (CT-FFR) test is a noninvasive method for evaluating blood flow through vessels affected by coronary artery disease. Using a cardiac computer tomography angiography (CTA) scan, advanced technology creates a 3D image that shows the extent of blood flow restriction through any potential blockages.

Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. The plaque, made up of cholesterol and other substances, causes the inside of the arteries to narrow and possibly block blood flow to the heart. Coronary artery disease can lead to a heart attack.

Identifying those blockages and their severity is a key part of deciding whether your coronary artery disease can be managed with medication, a minimally invasive procedure or heart surgery.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute was the first in Louisville to offer CT-FFR as an option for advanced imaging analysis. Advanced imaging equipment at all four of Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville allows for the highest level of cardiac imaging available.

CT-FFR is new technology that analyzes a cardiac CTA scan to produce highly accurate, 3D images showing where blockages are located and how much they are restricting blood flow.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute was the first in Louisville to offer this advanced imaging analysis to patients. Norton Heart & Vascular Institute has been using CT-FFR clinically since April 2020 and has been involved in research studies of CT-FFR. Norton Heart & Vascular Institute participated in the PRECISE trial and currently is participating in the RevealPlaque Trial. This experience has given the team expertise in this advanced technology.

The detail provided by CT-FFR previously was available only from a cardiac catheterization or a coronary angiogram. Angiograms are still the right option for many patients, but CT-FFR using HeartFlow technology allows many patients to have accurate imaging without an invasive procedure.

Cómo funciona

Using your cardiac CTA scan, the HeartFlow technology creates a personalized digital 3D model of your coronary arteries. The HeartFlow analysis calculates how much each blockage limits your blood flow.

  • A coronary CTA scan is taken, and if more information is needed, your cardiologist may use the images to perform a HeartFlow analysis. You won’t need a new appointment or need to take any steps.
  • The HeartFlow technology will use the CT scan to create a digital 3D model of your coronary arteries and use the fundamentals of fluid dynamics to calculate how much each blockage limits your blood flow.
  • Your cardiologist will receive a color-coded 3D image of your coronary arteries to help determine the next step in your treatment plan.

Most major insurers, including Medicare, cover the HeartFlow analysis.

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Every year, more than 137,000 people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists for their heart and vascular care. Ese número supera a todos los demás proveedores de atención médica de la zona.

  • Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville all have received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This is the seventh consecutive accreditation for all four hospitals, which ensures quality for the treatment of heart attack.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital all are recognized as having ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI accreditation.
  • Norton Healthcare has the most facilities across the city of Louisville with the ability treat a life-threatening heart attack.
  • You have access to more than 100 physicians and advanced practice providers with specialized training and experience in a comprehensive range of conditions and treatments.
  • Los pacientes pueden programar citas en 28 ubicaciones en Louisville y el sur de Indiana. La telecardiología se ofrece en más de 30 sedes de la región.
  • El Colegio Americano de Cardiología ha reconocido año tras año al Norton Audubon Hospital, una ubicación clave para los servicios del Norton Heart & Vascular Institute, con la Distinción Nacional de Excelencia de HeartCare Center. Este es el único hospital en Louisville que ha sido reconocido con esta distinción.
  • U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Hospitals ranked Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville as high performing in heart attack, heart failure, aortic valve surgery and heart bypass surgery.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital earned ventricular assist device (VAD) accreditation from DNV – Healthcare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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