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Integrating noninvasive absolute flow, coronary flow reserve, and ischemic thresholds into a comprehensive map of physiological severity.
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PMID:  22498334     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Noninvasive, absolute myocardial perfusion and coronary flow reserve (CFR) can be imaged by many techniques. However, such data must be interpreted for clinical application regardless of its source. Currently, no guide exists for physiological integration. Therefore, we propose 2-dimensional scatter plots of stress flow and CFR with superimposed thresholds for normal flow, reduced flow without ischemia, definite ischemia, and transmural infarction to allow for automatic and objective classification. Application of this schema to 1,500 studies demonstrates that flow capacity relates inversely to risk factors and atherosclerotic burden. Interpreting stress flow to make clinical decisions requires rest flow or CFR for broad application to all patients. Although relative uptake images alone are adequate for some patients, it can either under- or over-estimate flow capacity in many persons. Our standardized framework could prompt future studies leading to a trial of revascularization guided by absolute flow measurements.
Nils P Johnson; K Lance Gould
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JACC. Cardiovascular imaging     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1876-7591     ISO Abbreviation:  JACC Cardiovasc Imaging     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101467978     Medline TA:  JACC Cardiovasc Imaging     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  430-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Weatherhead PET Center for Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Medical School and Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas.
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