Compared Outcomes of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Patients with Multivessel Disease Treated with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Preserved Fractional Flow Reserve of Non-Culprit Lesions Treated Conservatively and of Those with Low Fractional Flow Reserve Managed Invasively: Insights from the FLOWER MI trial

Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2021 Aug 23. doi: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.121.011314. Online ahead of print.


Background: In patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and multivessel disease, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for non-culprit lesions guided by FFR is superior to treatment of the culprit lesion alone. Whether deferring non-culprit PCI is safe in this specific context is questionable. We aimed to assess clinical outcomes at one-year in STEMI patients with multivessel coronary artery disease and an FFR-guided strategy for non-culprit lesions, according to whether or not ≥1 PCI was performed. Methods: Outcomes were analyzed in patients of the randomized FLOWER MI (Flow Evaluation to Guide Revascularization in Multivessel ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) trial in whom, after successful primary PCI, non-culprit lesions were assessed using FFR. The primary outcome was a composite of all-cause death, non-fatal MI, and unplanned hospitalization with urgent revascularization at one year. Results: Among 1,171 patients enrolled in this study, 586 were assigned to the FFR-guided group: 388 (66%) of them had ≥1 PCI and 198 (34%) had no PCI. Mean FFR before decision (i.e., PCI or not) of non-culprit lesions were 0.75±0.10 and 0.88±0.06, respectively. During follow-up, a primary outcome event occurred in 16 of 388 patients (4.1%) in patients with PCI and in 16 of 198 patients (8.1%) in patients without PCI (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.42; 95% confidence interval, 0.20 to 0.88; P = 0.02). Conclusions: In patients with STEMI undergoing complete revascularization guided by FFR measurement, those with ≥1 PCI had lower event rates at 1 year, compared with patients with deferred PCI, suggesting that deferring lesions judged relevant by visual estimation but with FFR >0.80 may not be optimal in this context. Future randomized studies are needed to confirm this data.