Francesco Prati1,2*, MD; Laura Gatto1,2, MD; Eloisa Arbustini3, MD
1. San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, Rome, Italy; 2. Centro per la Lotta Contro L’Infarto - CLI Foundation, Rome, Italy; 3. Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases, IRCCS Fondazione Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy
Intracoronary functional and anatomical tools to stratify residual risk
There is increasing interest in the functional and anatomical characterisation of non-culprit coronary lesions in patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for an acute ischaemic event. Functional data (fractional flow reserve [FFR]) are key to investigating plaque propensity to cause ischaemic events and to identifying lesions that will benefit from PCI1-4. Cardiologists have taken on board these concepts and there is now widespread consensus on the effectiveness of FFR for studying intermediate lesions5. The study of plaque morphology to predict outcome is certainly less supported by the ...