Performing Fractional Flow Reserve Without Anticoagulation During Diagnostic Catheterization
The purpose of this study is to assess the safety of performing fractional flow reserve (FFR) of the myocardium without using anticoagulation by performing a retrospective review of 100 consecutive patients who have undergone this procedure during diagnostic catheterization.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Retrospective
|Official Title:||Retrospective Assessment of the Safety of Performing Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) of the Myocardium Without Anticoagulation During Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization|
- Complications related to use of pressure wire [ Time Frame: 0-30 days (index procedure) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- Complications due to FFR procedure [ Time Frame: 0-30 days (index hospitalization) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Fractional Flow Reserve
Patients with suspected coronary artery disease undergoing FFR to assess physiological significance of stenosis
Procedure: Fractional Flow Reserve
Fractional Flow Reserve performed without anticoagulation
An experienced interventional cardiologist can perform FFR in a brief period of time. This procedure can safely be performed without anticoagulation, thereby lowering the associated procedural risks by avoiding the bleeding and groin complications that may occur with anticoagulation. Performing FFR without anticoagulation may also decrease facility costs as femoral artery closure can be performed using standard protocols for a diagnostic procedure, instead of standard protocols for an interventional procedure when a patient has been anticoagulated. Performing FFR without anticoagulation does not increase risk of injury to the coronary artery or thrombus in the coronary artery.