Using an innovative new technology, cardiologists from the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag discovered that doctors could safely rely on a non-invasive, artificial intelligence system to diagnose and plan a course of treatment for patients experiencing a potentially fatal heart disease.

Hoag is the first hospital in Orange County to offer CathWorks FFRangio™ System – an advanced diagnostic technology that helps physicians optimize treatment decisions for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Used at the time of a scheduled angiogram, the CathWorks FFRangio System is a non-invasive method to help determine whether or not a stent is needed and how to best treat a patient with CAD. FFR stands for “Fractional Flow Reserve,” a guide wire-based procedure that can accurately measure blood pressure and flow through a specific part of the coronary artery. With the new FFRangio™ System, no guide wire is necessary.