1. Invasive assessment of coronary artery disease

    Invasive assessment of coronary artery disease

    oronary artery disease is associated to high mortality and morbidity rates and an accurate diagnostic assessment during heart catheterization has a fundamental role in prognostic stratification and treatment choices. Coronary angiography has been integrated by intravascular imaging modalities, namely intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography, which allow the precise quantification of the atherosclerotic burden of coronary arteries. The hemodynamic relevance of a given coronary stenosis can be assessed using stress or resting indexes: fractional flow reserve and instantaneous wave-free ratio are both coronary flow surrogates, used to guide percutaneous coronary interventions. This review summarizes the current state-of-the-art of invasive diagnostic ...

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