Heart and Vascular Diagnostic Services
The Heart and Vascular Institute at UM Upper Chesapeake Health includes an experienced team of highly trained specialists that prides itself on providing superior, high-level care for your heart in convenient, close to home setting. We offer some of the most comprehensive cardiovascular programs in the area. To learn more about the Heart and Vascular Institute, please call 443-643-3729.
Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR-CT) Analysis
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. CAD develops when the arteries leading to the heart become narrowed or blocked, which can lead to a reduction in blood flow to the heart and cause chest pain, heart attacks and even death. Despite being the most common form of heart disease, many of the non-invasive tests available today have low accuracy rates in detecting the disease. UM Upper Chesapeake Health is advancing the diagnosis of CAD with the Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR-CT) Analysis. This test takes the results obtained from a regular CT scan of your heart and uses a complex computer program to analyze the information. It creates a 3-D model of your coronary arteries and enables physicians to clearly see whether artery narrowing or blockages are impacting blood flow to your heart. FFR-CT is very accurate and can help determine whether you would benefit from a cardiac catheterization or bypass surgery. FFR-CT can also benefit those who are experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath but who have not been diagnosed with heart disease.
Benefits of FFR-CT
- provides a detailed map of blood flow through your coronary artery, identifying blockages
- non-invasive and poses no risks
- reduces the need for follow-up testing and helps your doctor best determine your plan of care
The Heart and Vascular Institute provides the following diagnostic services.