Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, named one of the top 20 cardiology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, today announced it is offering improved care for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD—when the arteries that supply blood to heart become hardened and narrowed) with the addition of the HeartFlow® FFRCT Analysis.
Traditionally, to determine how a narrowed artery impacts blood flow or if a larger blockage is suspected, the medical team performs an invasive angiogram, where a catheter is inserted through the groin or wrist to assess the extent of the narrowed or blocked arteries.
The HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis provides physicians with a 3D, computer-based model of a patient’s heart and helps them visualize how narrowed arteries impact blood flow. Because it is based on the imaging data from a standard coronary CT scan, the procedure is non-invasive, and doesn’t involve an invasive procedure.
Watch a video of how HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis works here: https://www.heartflow.com/heartflow-ffrct-analysis
Once the medical team understands how blood flow is impacted, it is able to develop an appropriate plan of treatment, which can include medication, stents, or, in extreme cases, bypass surgery.
“Better cardiac imaging helps the medical team more accurately understand what’s happening with a patient’s heart, and develop the most appropriate treatment plan,” said Dr. Seth Uretsky, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Imaging, and Associate Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, Atlantic Health System. “Because of the level of detail we can see with the HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis based on only a standard CT scan, we are able to avoid an invasive diagnostic procedure and get patients back to their lives more quickly.”
For more information on cardiac imaging at Atlantic Health System, visit https://www.atlantichealth.org/conditions-treatments/heart-care/diagnostic-services/cardiac-imaging.html.
About Heart Care at Atlantic Health System
The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers, part of Atlantic Health System, is home to New Jersey’s largest cardiac surgery program, and provides patients with world-class medical experts and award-winning cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment services. Specializing in open-heart, minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures, Gagnon offers its patients individualized care at a hospital that was named one of America’s 20 Best Hospitals for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades. Nationally ranked in cardiology since 2012, the heart care team at Atlantic Health System includes cardiologists with expertise in multiple disciplines, cardiac surgeons, vascular specialists and allied health professionals