Fractional flow reserve: concepts, applications and use in France in 2010

Arch Cardiovasc Dis. 2010 Nov-Dec;103(11-12):615-22. doi: 10.1016/j.acvd.2010.10.006. Epub 2010 Nov 25.


Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is emerging as a useful clinical tool for assessing the functional significance of coronary atherosclerosis. As opposed to anatomical approaches, physiological measurements (particularly pressure-derived FFR) assess the function of the coronary circulation and offer the possibility of 'ad hoc' treatment. The use of FFR is still limited in France because there is no financial support. The present review will focus on coronary pressure-derived FFR.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure
  • Coronary Artery Disease / diagnosis*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / physiopathology
  • Fractional Flow Reserve, Myocardial*
  • France
  • Heart Function Tests*
  • Humans
  • Microcirculation
  • Models, Cardiovascular
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prognosis
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Vascular Resistance