SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Sharon Regional Medical Center announced on Friday that it is the first regional health care facility to use a new technology that helps with patient diagnosis.
The HeartFlow Analysis is a non-invasive method to detect coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of heart disease.
According to Sharon Regional Medical Center, CAD forms when arteries that lead to the heart become blocked. This can reduce blood flow to the heart, leading to chest pain, heart attacks and death.
CAD is also the leading cause of death in the U.S.
The medical center said in a press release that most non-invasive tests that are available do not detect CAD accurately enough. They said over half of the patients who went through invasive coronary aniogram did not show signs of blockage.
“Historically, we have been faced with using tests that have predictive values less than 80%, which often results in a patient having an invasive procedure just to determine whether they have blockage, which would benefit from a balloon angioplasty, stent or surgery to restore blood flow,” said Dr. J Ronald Mikolich, a cardiologist at Sharon Regional Medical Center in the release. “The HeartFlow Analysis completely changes this paradigm, providing essential information that can help us determine the right approach for a patient through a convenient, non-invasive platform.”
According to the press release, HeartFlow Analysis will take information from a patient’s CT scan and use artifical intelligence to digitally make a custom, 3-D model of the patient’s arteries.
They said physicians receive information through a web interface on the patient’s blockage and blood flow within hours.
“This technology will be beneficial for our patients as it allows them to stay in the local community to receive this game-changing technology that is typically only available at larger systems,” said Joseph Hugar, president and CEO of Sharon Regional Medical Center.
Testing will be done at Sharon Regional Medical Center in Sharon. It will also be done at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center on Garden Way in Hermitage.
For more information, contact the medical center at 724-983-7474 or their website.