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Researchers look at noninvasive technology to track heart disease risk

Posted by RHHAdmin on Aug 29, 2012 7:51:00 AM

Heart disease remains a major part of senior living, and those providing home health care should be aware of some of the challenges their patients face.

According to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there may be some noninvasive technologies on the horizon that could predict heart disease.

The researchers looked at a noninvasive CT scanning technology that could determine blood flow and coronary artery disease (CAD). Using data from the Determination of Fractional Flow Reserve by Anatomic Computed Tomographic Angiography (DeFACTO), researchers found it was able to produce equally as useful data as fractional flow reserves (FFR), which require a minimally invasive procedure.

"DeFACTO is worthy of note because, while it did not achieve its endpoint, it definitely showed improved diagnostic accuracy using FFRCT vs. CT alone," stated Dr. Robert Schwartz. "We are always looking to use the least invasive procedures to get the best results and DeFACTO indicates that we may soon have another useful tool in evaluating and treating heart disease."

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Topics: Health News, Heart Disease