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Vascular Evaluation for Revascularization: Defining the Indications for Coronary Therapy: A Pilot Study (VERDICT)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 8, 2010
Last Update Posted : December 10, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Volcano Corporation

Brief Summary:
The present prospective, multicenter study will therefore be performed with the primary objective of establishing the correlation between fractional flow reserve (FFR) and intravascular ultrasound with virtual histology (VH-IVUS)-derived parameters in angiographically intermediate coronary lesions. The current study will also examine the relative prognostic utility of FFR and VH-IVUS as a tool to defer percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), by assessing the long-term rate (up to 3 years) of lesion-related clinical events if deferred by FFR vs. VH-IVUS versus not deferred PCI.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Coronary Artery Disease Device: FFR and VH-IVUS Device: IVUS and FFR

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 291 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Prospective, Global, Multicenter, Non-Randomized, Non-Blinded Study in Patients With Intermediate Coronary Lesions to Examine the Correlation Between Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) and Intravascular Ultrasound With Virtual Histology (VH-IVUS)
Study Start Date : September 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2015

Intervention Details:
  • Device: FFR and VH-IVUS
    • Stable Angina(SA), Unstable Angina(UA),Non ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction(NSTEMI) or ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction(STEMI) >48hrs scheduled for cardiac catheterization ± PCI. All patient level inclusion and no exclusion criteria are met Signed Informed Consent
    • No PCI or successful and uncomplicated PCI of all non study lesions. One or more study lesions identified.

    All lesion level inclusion criteria and no exclusion criteria are met.

    • FFR followed by VH-IVUS of study lesion(s)
    • Any additional PCI based on routine clinical practice and FFR/IVUS data?
    • If Yes: Final IVUS with VH imaging, Clinical follow-up at hospital discharge, 30 days, 6 months, and then yearly for 3 years
    • If No: Clinical follow-up at hospital discharge, 30 days, 6 months, and then yearly for 3 years
  • Device: IVUS and FFR
    Other Names:
    • Eagle Eye IVUS catheter
    • Prine Wire

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The concordance between FFR and IVUS minimum lumen area(MLA) as assessed by continuous correlation (regression), categorical cutoff values , and being unadjusted and adjusted for lesion length, %plaque burden(PB) and VH-thin capped Fibro Atheroma(TCFA) [ Time Frame: 3 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The concordance between operator assessed % diameter stenosis(DS), core lab assessed %DS, FFR and MLA in intermediate lesions [ Time Frame: 3 year ]
  2. Operator assessed and core lab assessed angiographic %DS, and VH-IVUS MLA, lesion length, %PB, and plaque types in intermediate lesions, with core lab assessment as the reference [ Time Frame: 3 year ]
  3. FFR and VH-IVUS derived MLA, %PB, lesion length, and plaque type in deferred vs. treated lesions [ Time Frame: 3 year ]
  4. Operator revascularization decisions (deferral vs. PCI/coronary artery bypass graft(CABG)) according to operator assessed angiographic %DS, FFR and VH-IVUS results in intermediate coronary lesions [ Time Frame: 3 year ]
  5. Deferred study lesion clinical event rates up to three years according to %DS, FFR and VH-IVUS, and comparison with treated study lesion clinical event rates up to three years [ Time Frame: 3 year ]
  6. Treated study lesion clinical event rates up to three years and their correlation with index FFR and VH-IVUS pre and post stenting [ Time Frame: 3 year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
patients scheduled to undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization

Patient-specific inclusion criteria:

  1. Clinical presentation: stable angina, unstable angina, non-ST segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) (Braunwald classification of unstable angina, see Attachment 2) or recent STEMI (>48 hours before enrollment).
  2. Patient is scheduled for coronary catheterization with or without percutaneous coronary intervention.
  3. Age ≥18 years.
  4. Patient is able to read, understand, and sign the informed consent document.
  5. Patient agrees to all protocol related procedures, including follow-up through 3 years.

Lesion-specific inclusion criteria:

  1. The patient has at least one intermediate coronary lesion to be assessed by FFR and VH-IVUS, defined as a lesion with a visually-estimated diameter stenosis ≥40% to <80% with a visually-estimated angiographic reference segment diameter of 2.75 mm - 4.0 mm.
  2. There may only be one study lesion in the major epicardial coronary artery or its branches. All other stenosis in this epicardial coronary artery or its branches must be <40% by visual angiographic assessment. E.g.., if the lesion is in the Left Anterior Descending(LAD), there may be no other significant lesions (≥40%) in the LAD, septals or diagonal branches. A single lesion may have normal or nearly normal appearing segments within the lesion as long as it is contained within one CASS segment. Moreover, a single lesion may span two or more CASS segments as long as there is no normal or nearly normal appearing segments >5mm in length within the lesion. However, if a diseased lesion extends across two or more CASS segments and has one or more >5 mm lengths of normal or nearly normal appearing segments within the lesion, then it is considered 2 separate lesions, and may not be enrolled.
  3. More than 1 intermediate lesion per patient may be enrolled, as long as each lesion meets the entry criteria as a study lesion (e.g. one intermediate lesion in 1, 2 or 3 unique epicardial coronary arteries (LAD vs. LCX vs. RCA), with FFR and VH-IVUS performed in each vessel. Thus, up to 3 lesions may be enrolled per patient (one in each major epicardial coronary artery).
  4. PCI of any lesion in the target vessel (the main epicardial coronary artery or any of its branches) may not have been performed in the preceding 1 year (including during the index procedure) and may not be planned within the next 1 year.
  5. Patients undergoing PCI of non-study lesions in non-study target vessels during the index procedure may be enrolled if one or more qualifying intermediate lesion is otherwise present in a different epicardial vessel, but PCI of all non-study lesions must be performed first (including staged procedures) and must be successful and uncomplicated before formal enrollment into this study. The PCI cannot occur in the epicardial coronary artery or its branches containing the intermediate lesion.

    • Successful PCI is defined as residual diameter stenosis of <50% in all treated lesions with Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) -3 flow in all treated vessels.
    • Uncomplicated PCI is defined as the absence of intra-procedural chest pain or ST-segment changes lasting >10 minutes, sustained vessel closure, slow or no reflow, side branch loss, distal embolization, perforation, residual dissection (>type B), or requirement for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, cardioversion or defibrillation, pacemaker insertion, intubation, intra-aortic balloon insertion or intravenous pressors.

Patient-specific exclusion criteria:

  1. Prior CABG at any time.
  2. The patient is likely to undergo PCI, CABG or other cardiac surgical procedure within 1 year of the procedure.
  3. ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction within 48 hours of the procedure.
  4. Cardiogenic shock defined as systolic blood pressure <90 mmHg lasting >30 minutes, not responding to intravenous fluids, and/or requiring intravenous pressors or an intra-aortic balloon pump or other hemodynamic support device.
  5. Heart failure as defined by New York Heart Association class III or IV (see Attachment 2).
  6. Respiratory failure requiring intubation or supplementary oxygen.
  7. Left ventricular ejection fraction <30% as determined by 2D echo, nuclear testing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or left ventriculography.
  8. Any moderate or severe cardiac valve disease.
  9. Cerebrovascular accident or transient ischemic attack (TIA) within the past 60 days, or any permanent neurologic deficit.
  10. Chronic renal insufficiency (serum creatinine > 2.5mg/dl).
  11. History of drug abuse or alcohol abuse or any other condition making it unlikely that the patient will comply with all study procedures, including follow-up for 3 years
  12. Any condition with expected survival <2 years.
  13. Pregnant or nursing patients and those who plan pregnancy in the period up to 1 year following the index procedure. Female patients of child-bearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test done within 7 days prior to the index procedure.
  14. Patients currently participating in another study of an investigational drug or device which has not yet reached its primary endpoint.
  15. Oral intake by the patient of any caffeinated beverage within 4 hours of the procedure
  16. Use within 12 hours of theophylline, aminophylline or any xanthine derivative.

Lesion-specific exclusion criteria:

  1. An unprotected left main coronary stenosis is present (visually assessed %DS ≥40%, whether or not requiring treatment). The study lesion cannot be a left main lesion.
  2. The intermediate lesion is in a vessel with thrombus, moderate or severe calcification, angulation, or tortuosity. PCI may be performed in such non target vessels or lesions prior to study enrollment, however, as long as successful and uncomplicated, after which the patient is enrolled in the study.
  3. The study lesion is an ostial lesion (within 5 mm of the aorta or the distal left main coronary artery) or is bifurcation lesion requiring planned dual stenting.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01158053

Sponsors and Collaborators
Volcano Corporation
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Principal Investigator: Gregg W Stone, MD Columbia University

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Responsible Party: Volcano Corporation Identifier: NCT01158053     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RFC-001
First Posted: July 8, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 10, 2015
Last Verified: June 2015
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases