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Why Vulnerable Plaque

Seeing the true cause of heart disease death in minutes


Salix offers a breakthrough in coronary artery disease detection

Existing cardiac imaging technologies measure arterial calcium build-up and stenosis. But only one in three people who experience fatal heart attack have stenosis.

The underlying substrate and major cause of deadly heart attack is the rupture of vulnerable plaque that blocks an artery, depriving the heart of oxygen.

Pinpointing the presence of vulnerable plaque in a patient has been extremely challenging and painstaking for the human eye to detect. AI shines the light for us to see.

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Salix provides a new way

Salix analyses patient coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) scans using the most comprehensive approach available, assessing the combination of vulnerable plaque, calcium, and stenosis percentage ranges. It is accurate, fast, non-invasive, and safe.

Artrya Salix is a world leader in the non-invasive detection of potentially fatal vulnerable plaque deposits.

Why vulnerable plaque matters

Vulnerable plaque or unstable plaque is a leading underlying cause of fatal heart attack. It is a build-up in the artery that is more likely to rupture and cause a sudden blockage of the blood vessel. This stops the blood flow and oxygen supply – leading to a heart attack.

Detecting vulnerable plaque

Existing heart disease diagnosis options rarely detect vulnerable plaque. It is difficult to see on a CT scan, and challenging to report quickly and with accuracy. Invasive angiograms carry risks of arterial damage and rarely assess vulnerable plaque.

A comprehensive approach

Salix reports more than vulnerable plaque. It also provides personalised risk assessments for percentage of stenosis and calcium score. This can be delivered non-invasively for the majority of patients. This is heart-health diagnosis for the future.