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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-86

Coronary fractional flow reserve: Clinical importance

Department of Cardiology, CARE Hospitals, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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Vipul Seta
CARE Hospitals, Nagpur, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jmgims.jmgims_42_17

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Coronary angiography has an important role in invasive imaging of the coronary arteries. However, it has got limitations in the determination of physiologic significance of individual artery lesions. Coronary pressure derived FFR can be used to rapidly assess the hemodynamic significance of individual coronary artery lesions and can be easily performed in catheterization laboratory. FFR has been shown to effectively help coronary revascularization procedures with improved patient outcomes. FFR is a very important tool for determination of functional significance of coronary stenosis. It combines physiological and anatomical information which can be immediately followed by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) if required. The technique for FFR measurement is easy, safe and can be rapidly performed in the catheterization laboratory. PCI can be made more effective by proper and systemic use of FFR in dubious situations. The current clinical evidence for FFR is very encouraging for cardiologist to use this tool in the catheterization laboratory as and when required.

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