FAQ for FFR
- Volume 18 - Issue 12 - December 2010
- Posted on: 12/30/10
- 1 Comments
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A: IC and IV adenosine induce equivalent hyperemia. There have been a couple of studies suggesting higher FFRs with IV than IC adenosine, but the differences were very small.14 In general, and in my lab, I recommend IV adenosine at 140mcg/kg/min for several reasons. It is weight-based. It is hands-free, i.e., the operator does not need to switch stop cocks and flush. It measures FFR at a steady state. IV adenosine is the standard everywhere in the world and was used by the developers of the technique, Drs. Pijls and DeBruyne. Central venous infusion is optimal, but a large peripheral arm vein (not hand vein) is adequate.7
It is curious that some FFR operators want to use very high IC bolus doses of adenosine (100, 200mcg etc). It seems to me that those who insist on using multiple higher doses when the FFR is 0.84 and unchanging are non-believers who want to treat the stenosis despite the non-ischemic value and keep raising the dose in hopes of lowering the FFR. The same might be said for IV adenosine at 170mcg/min/kg, which does not produce lower FFRs, but more side effects.
Q: I have not seen Lexiscan (regadenoson) in a comparative trial with adenosine. Do you have any experience with this drug in assessing FFR?
A: I have not seen the results of the ongoing trials of regadenoson and adenosine for FFR. Although our lab contributed to the flow velocity comparison studies of several A2A receptor blockers, we did not perform FFR in these patients, since they did not have significant coronary artery disease.16
One concern was that multiple A2A agonist dosing could minimize subsequent hyperemia. This issue has not yet been resolved. For the moment, I cannot recommend regadenoson replace adenosine.
I hope this discussion on FFR is helpful. I’ll look for more of your questions on this or any important cath lab topic in the coming year.
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