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EuroIntervention. 2017 Oct 20;13(8):944-952. doi: 10.4244/EIJ-D-16-00525.

Influence of the amount of myocardium subtended to a coronary stenosis on the index of microcirculatory resistance. Implications for the invasive assessment of microcirculatory function in ischaemic heart disease.

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Cardiovascular Institute, Hospital Clínico San Carlos IDISSC, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

AIMS:

The index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) is increasingly used to quantify microcirculatory function. However, in normal coronary arteries, resistance increases with the branching structure of the coronary tree, which suggests that IMR could be influenced by the amount of downstream myocardial mass (MM). We aimed to evaluate the influence of the amount of MM subtended to an intermediate stenosis on the IMR.

METHODS AND RESULTS:

IMR, fractional flow reserve and coronary flow reserve (CFR) were measured in 123 coronary arteries (102 patients) with intermediate stenosis. Jeopardised MM was estimated with the Myocardial Jeopardy Index (MJI). MM was inversely associated with IMR (R.

PMID:
28485281
DOI:
10.4244/EIJ-D-16-00525
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