Clinical Management of Patients with Coronary Syndromes and Negative Fractional Flow Reserve Findings
ABSTRACT Aims: New interventional techniques to diagnose coronary artery stenosis, such as calculation of myocardial fractional flow reserve (FFR) with a guidewire and pressure transducer, provide a functional assessment of coronary lesions. The present study was designed to investigate the occurrence of cardiac events in patients with coronary syndromes and negative FFR findings in moderately severe coronary stenosis in order to determine the usefulness of this technique in predicting coronary events during follow-up for problems commonly encountered in clinical practice. A further objective was to evaluate the safety of deferring angioplasty in patients with a negative FFR result. Methods: We studied 43 patients with 44 moderately severe coronary artery stenoses on angiography and FFR ≤ 0.75. Mean age of the patients was 58 ± 11.4 years. The indications for coronary angiography included recent unstable angina in 24 (55.8%) patients, recent acute myocardial infarction in 10 (23.2%) patients, 5 (11.6%) patients with a coronary stent who had symptoms of uncertain cause, and stable angina in 4 (9.3%) patients. Results: During a mean follow-up period of 10.7 ± 5.9 months, clinical events (unstable angina) occurred in five patients. In three patients, the initially investigated artery was involved, and in the two patients who required coronary revascularizatian, unstable angina was related with an artery different from the one studied initially. Conclusions: Patients with recent coronary syndromes and negative FFR findings in moderately severe coronary stenosis were unlikely to have cardiac events during a 10-month follow-up period. Our findings suggest that FFR is a potentially useful indicator of the likelihood of cardiac events and thus represents a useful aid in clinical decision-making in the hentodynamics laboratory. This diagnostic technique also is potentially useful in identifying patients for whom angioplasty can be safely deferred.
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ABSTRACT: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is an index of the physiological significance of a coronary stenosis. Patients who have lesions with a FFR of >0.80, even optimally treated with medication, have however a MACE rate ranging from 8 to 21%. Coronary plaques at high risk of rupture and clinical events can be also identified by virtual histology intravascular ultrasound (IVUS-VH) as plaques with high amount of necrotic core (NC) abutting the lumen. Aim of this exploratory study was to investigate whether the geometry and composition of lesions with FFR ≤ 0.80 were different from their counterparts. Fifty-five consecutive patients in whom FFR was clinically indicated on a moderate angiographic lesion, received also an imaging investigation on the same lesion with IVUS-VH. Data on plaque geometry and composition was analyzed. Patients were subdivided in two groups according to the value of FFR (> or ≤0.80). Lesions with a FFR ≤ 0.80 (n = 17) showed a slightly larger plaque burden than those with FFR > 0.80 (n = 38) (54.6 ± 0.7% vs. 51.7 ± 0.7% P = 0.1). In addition, they tend to have less content of necrotic core than their counterparts (14.2 ± 8% vs. 19.2 ± 10.2%, P = 0.08). No difference was found in the distribution of NC-rich plaques (fibroatheroma and thin-capped fibroatheroma) between groups (82% in FFR ≤ 0.80 vs. 79% in FFR > 0.80, P = 0.5). Although FFR ≤ 0.80 lesions have larger plaque size, they do not differ in composition from the ones with FFR > 0.80. Further exploration in a large prospective study is needed to study whether the lesions with FFR > 0.80 that are NC rich are the ones associated with the presence of clinical events at follow-up.The international journal of cardiovascular imaging 02/2011; 28(2):221-8. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Calculation of myocardial fractional flow reserve (FFR) enables coronary stenoses to be evaluated. We determined the usefulness of measuring the FFR in multivessel coronary artery disease, reflected in changes in the therapeutic options for patients with moderate coronary stenosis. We studied 38 patients (30 men, 8 women; mean age: 59.8+/-10 years) with multivessel coronary artery disease with 41 moderate lesions. Indications for coronary angiography were unstable angina in 24 patients (60%), acute myocardial infarction in 10 (27%), and stable angina in 4 (13%). We studied the FFR (in nonactive lesions) in the left anterior descending artery in 23 patients (56%), the left coronary trunk in 8 (19.5%), the circumflex artery in 5 (12.2%), the right coronary artery in 3 (7.3%), and the left internal mammary artery and diagonal branch in 1 patient each. Twelve patients had a positive FFR, which resulted in no change in the mode of revascularization; 26 patients had a negative FFR, in 20 (77%) of whom the revascularization approach was changed, especially those with moderate lesions of the left coronary trunk or anterior descending artery. No differences were detected in the angiographic characteristics of the lesions examined. Cardiac events during follow-up were few. The results of FFR may influence the decision-making process after diagnostic coronary angiography in multivessel coronary artery disease with moderate lesions, especially in patients with a negative FFR in nonculprit lesions of the left trunk or left anterior descending artery.Journal of Interventional Cardiology 05/2006; 19(2):148-52. · 1.50 Impact Factor