Why Undergo a CT FFR Test?

Coronary artery plaque will, over time, narrow the artery and significantly reduce the blood flow to the heart. A person with this condition will typically experience symptoms such as chest pain, breathing difficulties, poor stamina during exercise, abnormal heart rhythm, and a weakened heart. Measuring the reduction of blood flow to the heart is a critical aspect of planning treatment and determining whether opening the heart blockage is the best treatment for the patient. A CT angiogram in San Diego at San Diego Cardiac Center can be very helpful for patients who suffer what is termed “intermediate” narrowing of the coronary artery.

The Importance of CT FFR Technology

Patients who experience chest pain may be suffering from ischemic heart disease or IHD (heart problems associated with narrowed arteries), but the condition must be confirmed. Before the development of the CT FFR system, two separate tests would need to be run. This test allows your cardiologist to gain access to both the heart function information and anatomical details of the heart in a single test. If it is suspected that you may have coronary artery disease, a CT FFR diagnostic test can be performed for a high level of diagnostic accuracy.

Your Heart Health and San Diego Cardiac Center

If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms that lead your doctor to suspect you may have narrowed arteries, a CT FFR test may be the ideal way to diagnose your condition. This state-of-the-art test gives your medical team a more thorough evaluation of your heart function and anatomy, making it an effective tool to determine the best treatment.

At San Diego Cardiac Center, we stay ahead of the curve in the latest developments in heart diagnostic technology and treatments, as this rapidly advancing field makes it possible to more accurately diagnose a heart condition and plan the most effective treatment.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may need to undergo a CT FFR test:

  • Shortness of breath, breathing difficulties
  • Chest pain
  • Unable to exercise due to lack of stamina
  • Heart arrhythmia

This test is a breakthrough, both in the data it provides your doctor and in the comfort of the experience, as it is non-invasive and virtually painless. The test takes only a short time to complete, does not involve placing any catheters, and provides an extraordinary level of accuracy.

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