This study uses CT scans to visualize the heart and surrounding arteries to look for coronary artery disease. This study takes into account individuals body type including size, weight, and heart rate to tailor the CT scan and contrast media given to each patient. Taking into account each patients body will allow doctors to obtain the best image possible while reducing the amount of contrast media given to patients.
Patients who present to MUSC's Chest Pain Center with acute chest pain and have undergone coronary computerized tomography angiography or triple rule-out computed tomography imaging showing an intermediate stenosis will be prospectively selected. Consented patients will then have their clinical indicated coronary computerized tomography angiography or triple rule-out computed tomography imaging undergo an expedited computed tomography-fractional flow reserve analysis analysis. This analysis will be provided to Chest Pain Center physician of record to aid in downstream patient treatment decision making. Patients will then be followed-up at 3-months via telephone call and electronic medical records review.
Heart disease can be detected in the hospital by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR)- a device that uses a large magnet. CMR is used to test how healthy the heart muscle is and how well the heart is pumping. We will test a new method to see how helpful it is to quickly get good pictures and if this is useful for testing the health of heart muscle in patients with heart disease.