What is HeartFlow Analysis? How does it work?
HeartFlow analysis is a non-invasive test used to determine if a patient has coronary artery disease. Coronary heart disease occurs when the arteries leading to the heart become closed, which decreases blood flow to the heart. HeartFlow analysis constructs a 3D model of the coronary arteries which demonstrates how the blockages in the heart are affecting blood.
Signs and symptoms of coronary heart disease:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
If untreated, coronary heart disease can lead to:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
What to Expect
If a patient is showing signs and symptoms of coronary heart disease, a doctor will order a CT scan of the heart. If the scan shows the patient has coronary heart disease, a HeartFlow analysis may be performed. The analysis is color-coded and specific to each person's heart. After the doctor has examined the results of the heart flow analysis, a treatment plan will be developed.
The following tests help to both determine and observe coronary heart disease:
- Blood tests
- Cardiac catheterization
- Cardiac MRI
- Cardiac stress test
- CT scan
HeartFlow analysis is performed only when cliniically indicated after a patient has a CCTA scan (as prescribed by their doctor). It does not require a separate appointment for the patient. This advanced imaging capability is currently offered at the following locations:
- Hackensack University Medical Center
- JFK University Medical Center
- Mountainside Medical Center
- Palisades Medical Center
- Pascack Valley Medical Center
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Heart Care
We have more top-ranked hospitals than any other system in New Jersey, including for the best Cardiology & Heart Surgery program and as High Performing in several areas of care, including Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Attack and Heart Bypass Surgery, as noted by U.S. News & World Report.
Our award-winning team of experienced heart specialists uses the latest diagnostic equipment and minimally invasive surgical techniques to diagnose and treat common and complex heart conditions.
Comprehensive heart care
Our team-based approach pairs you with top heart experts. From prevention and diagnosis to surgery and rehabilitation, we provide comprehensive heart care in a compassionate, friendly environment close to home.
Our Top Heart Doctors in New Jersey
Our highly skilled team of heart specialists perform more than 3,000 procedures every year, including advanced, minimally invasive approaches. We provide exceptional cardiac treatment and personalized care to help you recover as quickly and safely as possible.