HeartFlow Technology Treats Coronary Artery Disease

CHI St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is the first and only hospital in the Houston area to offer HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis (HeartFlow)—the only non-invasive, 3-D technology to accurately test for coronary artery disease (CAD).

Coronary Artery Disease
As the leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S., CAD is one of the country’s most expensive medical conditions. CAD occurs when fat, cholesterol, or calcium buildup (plaque) blocks or narrows the walls of your coronary arteries.

Plaque buildup reduces blood flow to the heart, causing chest pain, heart attacks, and possibly even death. Until now, doctors have used stress tests to detect CAD. However, stress tests can be imprecise, often not catching signs of CAD and placing patients at greater risk. In addition, stress tests often require additional follow-up testing to be certain no disease is present.

HeartFlow Technology

Thanks to this new, cutting edge technology, HeartFlow—a color-coded, 3-D model technology—provides a more accurate and detailed analysis of your arteries to determine if you have CAD. Some benefits include:

  • Provides a more detailed view on the extent of your coronary artery blockage than a standard CT scan
  • Is non-invasive—no incisions (small cuts) or injections in your body are required to use the technology
  • Reduces the need for follow-up testing and evaluation to detect CAD
  • Helps doctors better determine the appropriate treatment of care for you

How HeartFlow Works

  1. Your doctor will order a standard CT scan, which takes images of your coronary arteries and blood vessels
  2. The images are transferred to the HeartFlow technology to create a 3-D model of your coronary arteries
  3. HeartFlow analyzes the CT scan data
  4. A 3-D, color-coded model is created, identifying plaque blockages that limit blood flow. Your doctor then determines the best treatment for you.Heartflow.jpg

Contact Us
For questions or to set up an appointment, please contact one of our participating locations.

CHI St. Luke's Health—The Woodlands Hospital: 936.266.2000
CHI St. Luke's Health—Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center: 832.355.1000