Objectives: The purpose of this study was to develop an adenosine-independent, pressure-derived index of coronary stenosis severity.
Background: Assessment of stenosis severity with fractional flow reserve (FFR) requires that coronary resistance is stable and minimized. This is usually achieved by administration of pharmacological agents such as adenosine. In this 2-part study, we determine whether there is a time when resistance is naturally minimized at rest and assess the diagnostic efficiency, compared with FFR, of a new pressure-derived adenosine-free index of stenosis severity over that time.
Methods: A total of 157 stenoses were assessed. In part 1 (39 stenoses), intracoronary pressure and flow velocity were measured distal to the stenosis; in part 2 (118 stenoses), intracoronary pressure alone was measured. Measurements were made at baseline and under pharmacologic vasodilation with adenosine.
Results: Wave-intensity analysis identified a wave-free period in which intracoronary resistance at rest is similar in variability and magnitude (coefficient of variation: 0.08 ± 0.06 and 284 ± 147 mm Hg s/m) to those during FFR (coefficient of variation: 0.08 ± 0.06 and 302 ± 315 mm Hg s/m; p = NS for both). The resting distal-to-proximal pressure ratio during this period, the instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR), correlated closely with FFR (r = 0.9, p < 0.001) with excellent diagnostic efficiency (receiver-operating characteristic area under the curve of 93%, at FFR <0.8), specificity, sensitivity, negative and positive predictive values of 91%, 85%, 85%, and 91%, respectively.
Conclusions: Intracoronary resistance is naturally constant and minimized during the wave-free period. The instantaneous wave-free ratio calculated over this period produces a drug-free index of stenosis severity comparable to FFR. (Vasodilator Free Measure of Fractional Flow Reserve [ADVISE]; NCT01118481).
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