Presentation Number: 1054-235
Abstract Title: Vascular Dysfunction Measured by Fingertip Thermal Monitoring Is Associated With Abnormal Myocardial Perfusion
Presentation Time: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009, 9:30 AM -10:30 AM
Topic: Nuclear Cardiology/PET
"We now have hundreds of patients studied at our center with VENDYS, and the results have consistently shown strong correlation between low fingertip temperature rebound and high burden of coronary plaques. The lower the temperature rebound, the more plaque buildup and blockage," said Dr. Mathew Budoff, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiac CT Laboratory at Harbor UCLA. "This is truly amazing! VENDYS is the only non-invasive, non-imaging, office-based test that I am aware of with such a high predictive value for detection of high risk coronary patients. We are seeing similar results in CT angiography, as well as nuclear, studies."
Researchers hope that VENDYS, by measuring a dynamic marker of vascular disease, can fill the gap in existing cardiovascular risk assessment and complement traditional risk factor measurements as well as advanced, structural imaging tests, such as CAT scan and MRI.
"I acknowledge that it doesn't seem logical that measuring the temperature of your finger can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack," said Dr. Craig Hartley, a Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. "Many of us were skeptical too, but the physiology for evaluating vascular reactivity is well established, and the preliminary data clearly show the potential of the method."
Researchers at Harbor UCLA Medical Center examined patients with the VENDYS® test before they underwent coronary CT angiography and a
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