Functional assessment of collaterals in the human coronary circulation.

Seiler, C; Fleisch, M; de Marchi, Stefano F.; Billinger, M; Wahl, A; Eberli, F R; Garachemani, A R; Meier, B (1998). Functional assessment of collaterals in the human coronary circulation. Seminars in interventional cardiology : SIIC, 3(1), pp. 13-20.

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The coronary collateral circulation is an alternative source of blood supply to a myocardial area jeopardized by the failure of the stenotic or occluded vessel to provide enough blood flow to this region. Until recently, only qualitative or semiqualitative methods have been available for the assessment of the coronary collateral circulation in humans, such as the patient's history of walk-through angina pectoris, the registration of intracoronary ECG signs for myocardial ischaemia or angina pectoris during coronary occlusion, or coronary angiographic classification (score 0-3) of collaterals. Studies of coronary wedge pressure measurements distal of a balloon-occluded coronary artery and the recent advent of ultrathin pressure and Doppler angioplasty guidewires have made it possible to obtain pressure or flow velocity data in remote vascular areas and, thus, to calculate functional variables for coronary collateral flow. Those coronary occlusive pressure- and flow velocity-derived parameters express collateral flow as a fraction of antegrade coronary flow during vessel patency of the collateral-receiving vessel. They are both interchangeable, and they have been validated in comparison to 'traditional' methods and against each other. The possibility of accurately measuring coronary collateral flow indices in humans undergoing coronary balloon angioplasty opens areas of investigation of the pathogenesis, pathophysiology and therapeutic promotion of the collateral circulation previously reserved for exclusively experimental studies. The purpose of this article is to review several clinically available methods for the functional characterization of the coronary collateral circulation.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

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De Marchi, Stefano


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health






Stefano de Marchi

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09 Jul 2014 13:52

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02 Mar 2023 23:25

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