By Shaun Wooller For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:03 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 00:04 BST, 4 May 2021
A scan that produces 3D images of the heart will allow NHS doctors to diagnose and treat patients five times faster.
More than 35,000 patients with suspected heart disease will benefit from the service each year, it is hoped.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
HeartFlow was introduced nationwide last month and will reduce the time from a first appointment to surgery from 31 weeks to seven.
It turns a regular CT scan of the heart into a 3D image that shows blockages and restricted blood flow. This allows doctors to diagnose life-threatening heart disease in just 20 minutes.
Patients may be given surgery, cholesterol-busting statins or healthy lifestyle advice, depending on the severity of disease.
HeartFlow was introduced nationwide last month and will reduce the time from a first appointment to surgery from 31 weeks to seven. Pictured: Stock image
Previously, a diagnosis required an angiogram, which involves taking X-rays as a catheter is inserted into the groin or wrist and threaded to the heart to detect narrow or blocked