HeartFlow touts expanded insurer coverage for FFRct analysis

HeartFlow today touted that seven new insurers released positive medical policies supporting coverage for its HeartFlow FFRct analysis following a coronary computed tomography angiogram, expanding coverage to a total of 185 million patients. Redwood City, Calif.-based HeartFlow’s FFRct technology works by taking the data from a standard CT scan and applying algorithms that result in a color-coded 3D “map” detailing the changes in flow across coronary lesions. Positive medical policies were issued by Cigna, Florida Blue, Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans of Michigan, North Carolina and Vermont, Highmark Inc and Independence Blue Cross, HeartFlow said. “These positive coverage decisions reinforce the clinical and economic value of the HeartFlow Analysis in addressing how heart disease is diagnosed and treated. With the growing momentum of coverage, a wealth of scientific evidence, and unparalleled technology, the HeartFlow Analysis is poised to become the standard of care for patients with suspected heart disease,” prez &CEO Dr. John Stevens said in a press release. The new coverage decisions from commercial payers increase the amount of patients eligible for HeartFlow analysis up to 130 million, while 55 million Medicare beneficiaries are covered due to a recent New Technology APC payment decision from the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services. In December, HeartFlow took a $90 million step toward the $150 million it hoped ...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular HeartFlow Source Type: news

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HeartFlow said today it closed a $240 million Series E round of financing, with funds slated to support commercial expansion and studies of its HeartFlow FFRct analysis system. Redwood City, Calif.-based HeartFlow’s FFRct technology works by taking the data from a standard CT scan and applying algorithms that result in a color-coded 3D “map” detailing the changes in flow across coronary lesions. Financing in the round included investments from Wellington Management, Baillie Gifford &Company and existing investors, the company said. “We are delighted to be investing in HeartFlow on beha...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business/Financial News Funding Roundup HeartFlow Source Type: news
Abstract Pulmonary artery aneurysms (PAA) and pseudoaneurysms (PAP) are caused by infections, vasculitis, trauma, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, and connective tissue disease. Most cases of such aneurysm occur in the trunk or major branches of the pulmonary artery, while the peripheral type is less common. The treatment modalities are medical therapy, surgery, and percutaneous catheter embolization. The mortality rate associated with rupture is approximately 50%. We encountered a case of a 53-year-old man with a pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm secondary to pneumonia and cavity formation during c...
Source: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 10 January 2018 Source:Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition) Author(s): Andreas A. Giannopoulos, Oliver Gaemperli Hybrid imaging for ischemic heart disease refers to the fusion of information from a single or usually from multiple cardiovascular imaging modalities enabling synergistic assessment of the presence, the extent, and the severity of coronary atherosclerotic disease along with the hemodynamic significance of lesions and/or with evaluation of the myocardial function. A combination of coronary computed tomography angiography with myocardial perfusion ima...
Source: Revista Espanola de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Authors: Chaosuwannakit N Abstract Introduction: Primary evaluation of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) traditionally relies on echocardiography and conventional cardiac angiography (CCA), both of which have potential limitations. Aim: To test the hypothesis that cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is useful in the diagnosis and management of these patients. Material and methods: The 3-year observational, analytical, retrospective, cohort study included a total of 111 tomographic studies of patients with congenital heart disease. Computed tomography scans were read twice and medical record...
Source: Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Kardiochir Torakochirurgia Pol Source Type: research
A 48-year-old male presented with symptomatic ventricular tachycardia of 226 b.p.m. After external cardioversion, electrocardiogram revealed a complete right bundle branch block but no other abnormalities. Echocardiography showed a reduced left ventricular-function (ejection fraction: 49%) with dyskinesia of the basal septum and anterior wall; however, coronary heart disease was excluded by angiography. On subsequent simultaneous positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI), a diffuse, band-shaped, mostly subendocardial late gadolinium enhancement was observed within both ventricles particularly within...
Source: European Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 27 October 2017 Source:Journal of Veterinary Cardiology Author(s): Lauren E. Markovic, Brian A. Scansen, Brianna M. Potter Two domestic shorthair cats, a 6-month-old castrated male and a 7-month-old intact female, were diagnosed with complex congenital heart disease. Transthoracic echocardiography in both cats revealed a dilated arterial trunk overriding the interventricular septum with a large ventricular septal defect. The pulmonary trunk and branch pulmonary arteries were not visible using standard echocardiographic views in either cat. The differential diagnosis for both cats include...
Source: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
Source: Lung Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 August 2017 Source:Journal of Cardiology Cases Author(s): Yoshihiro Uchikado, Satoshi Yoshino, Kenta Ohmure, Hiroyuki Tabata, Shigeki Tateishi, Mitsuru Ohishi An 84-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of congestive heart failure, rapid atrial fibrillation, and ischemic heart disease. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) via the left radial artery was performed, and a stent was deployed successfully into left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). She got into shock state one hour after PCI. Chest X-ray and computed tomography scan revealed increase of soft tiss...
Source: Journal of Cardiology Cases - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Purpose of review: To provide an overview of current recommendations and techniques used to image coarctations of the aorta. Recent findings: Imaging of coarctation of the aorta in adults is moving away from conventional techniques such as echocardiography and invasive angiography. Echocardiography may assist in making the diagnosis but is limited in its ability to quantify the severity of coarctations. Current guidelines recommend that every patient with a coarctation must undergo a computed tomography (CT) or MRI scan for accurate delineation of morphology. MRIs provide important hemodynamic data and this is rapidly evo...
Source: Current Opinion in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: IMAGING ADULTS WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE: Edited by Sherif Nagueh Source Type: research
In this study, a 3D fusion framework is designed to integrate coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CTA), 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose ([(18)F]DG) positron emission tomography (PET)/CT, and [(68)Ga]-1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4,7-triacetic acid-(Arg-Gly-Asp)2 ([(68)Ga]-NOTA-PRGD2) PET/CT images of the myocardial infarction model in minipigs. First, the structural anatomy of the heart in coronary CTA and CT is segmented using a multi-atlas-based method. Then, the hearts are registered using the B-spline-based free form deformation. Finally, the [(18)F]DG and [(68)Ga]-NOTA-PRGD2 signals are mapped into the heart...
Source: Molecular Imaging - Category: Radiology Tags: Mol Imaging Source Type: research
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