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China develops new diagnostic method for coronary heart disease
6th August 2018 NAN
Chinese scientists have developed a new diagnostic method for coronary heart disease which has a 33 per cent higher accuracy rate compared with conventional methods.
Developed by Shanghai Jiaotong University, the new technology is called Quantitative Flow Ratio (QFR) measurement system and has been approved by the China Food and Drug Administration.
A coronary angiography is the most conventional diagnostic method of coronary heart disease in China.
However, the internationally recognised high-precision assessment technology is expensive and requires complex surgical procedures, which have not been popularised in China.
Based on the computational analysis of an X-ray coronary angiography image, the system obtains the QFR, which can help identify coronary heart disease.
The new method does not require additional surgeries or drugs.
A clinical study led by Fuwai Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences showed that the new method could assess coronary function within four minutes, and had a 33 per cent higher accuracy rate compared with a coronary angiography.
“The new method will assist doctors in identifying coronary heart disease and assist in making treatment plans, such as whether the patient needs a heart stent implantation”, said Chen Yazhu, an expert from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
According to statistics from the National Cardiovascular Centre, there were 290 million cardiovascular patients in China in 2017, including 11 million patients with coronary heart disease.'
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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group: http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group
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