Assessment of left anterior descending artery stenosis of intermediate severity by fractional flow reserve, instantaneous wave-free ratio, and non-invasive coronary flow reserve

P Meimoun, J Clerc, D Ardourel, U Djou, S Martis, T Botoro, F Elmkies, H Zemir, A Luycx-Bore, J Boulanger
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging 2017, 33 (7): 999-1007
To test the usefulness of non-invasive coronary flow reserve (CFR) by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography by comparison to invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) and instantaneous wave-free ratio (IFR), a new vasodilator-free index of coronary stenosis severity, in patients with left anterior descending artery (LAD) stenosis of intermediate severity (IS) and stable coronary artery disease. 94 consecutive patients (mean age 68 ± 10 years) with angiographic LAD stenosis of IS (50-70 % diameter stenosis), were prospectively studied. IFR was calculated as a trans-lesion pressure ratio during the wave-free period in diastole; FFR as distal pressure divided by mean aortic pressure during maximal hyperemia (using 180 μg intracoronary adenosine); and CFR as hyperemic peak LAD flow velocity divided by baseline flow velocity using intravenous adenosine (140 μg/kg/min over 2 min). The mean values of IFR, FFR, and CFR were 0.88 ± 0.07, 0.81 ± 0.09, and 2.4 ± 0.6 respectively. A significant correlation was found between CFR and FFR (r = 0. 68), FFR and IFR (r = 0.6), and between CFR and IFR (r = 0.5) (all, p < 0.01). Using a ROC curve analysis, the best cut-off to detect a significant lesion based on FFR assessment (FFR ≤ 0.8, n = 31) was IFR ≤ 0.88 with a sensitivity (Se) of 74 %, specificity (Sp) of 73 %, AUC 0.81 ± 0.04, accuracy 72 %; and CFR ≤ 2 with a Se = 77 %, Sp = 89 %, AUC 0.88 ± 0.04, accuracy 85 % (all, p < 0.001). In stable patients with LAD stenosis of IS, non-invasive CFR is a useful tool to detect a significant lesion based on FFR. Furthermore, there was a better correlation between CFR and FFR than between CFR and IFR, and a trend to a better diagnostic performance for CFR versus IFR.

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