Baptist Health Richmond First Hospital in Kentucky to Diagnose Cardiovascular Diseases with Abbott's PressureWire X
Abbott's PressureWire XTM Guidewire and the Coroventis CoroFlow Cardiovascular System help diagnose CMD.
RICHMOND, KENTUCKY (November 15, 2021) – Baptist Health Richmond interventional cardiologist are now diagnosing both epicardial disease and Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction (CMD) using the Abbott’s PressureWire X™ Guidewire and the Coroventis CoroFlow Cardiovascular System. This technology is used to determine, analyze and display physiological measurements of the entire coronary vasculature including small arterioles, which is not visible by angiography.
Baptist Health Richmond is the first hospital in Kentucky to use the Abbott’s PressureWire X™ Guidewire and the Coroventis CoroFlow Cardiovascular System to diagnose CMD.
With this comprehensive diagnostic information, Baptist Health Richmond can better determine if patients with recurrent angina symptoms are suffering from Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction and create a personalized treatment plan based on their diagnosis.
“We often refer to angina in the context of a severe blockage or narrowing in a heart artery. As it turns out, there are several ways that you can have angina unrelated to a blockage or narrowing in a heart artery,” said Larry Todd Breeding, MD, Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiology. “CoroFlow™ allows us to measure the increase in coronary blood flow when we inject the same type of medicine that's used to do a chemical stress test as an outpatient. In terms of the benefits to the patient, we can actually give them a very accurate diagnosis.”
Studies have shown 59% of patients entering the cath lab are diagnosed with little or no obstructive coronary artery disease. While some of these patients may be experiencing angina, it is difficult to diagnose the root cause as diagnostic tests are unable to identify blockages in the smallest vessels in the heart. Using this advanced diagnostic solution, Baptist Health Richmond can now diagnose whether patients are suffering from Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction (CMD). This diagnosis is critical to create more informed treatment plans and optimize patient treatment strategies to improve patient outcomes and their overall quality of life.
To take a quick heart health risk assessment to compare your actual age to your heart’s biological age, as well as calculate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, visit BaptistHealth.com/HeartCare or to learn more about the cardiovascular team, call Baptist Health Medical Group Cardiology at 859.624.1826.