News | FFR Technologies | August 29, 2018

European Society of Cardiology Incorporates iFR Technology Into Updated Revascularization Guidelines

iFR-guided strategy now deemed beneficial in the assessment of the functional significance of intermediate coronary stenosis

European Society of Cardiology Incorporates iFR Technology Into Updated Revascularization Guidelines

August 29, 2018 — Philips announced that the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has incorporated instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) into its updated revascularization guidelines. The new guidelines have provided the highest recommendation (class I A) for iFR alongside fractional flow reserve (FFR) for the objective assessment of the hemodynamic relevance of coronary lesions. In 2017, the DEFINE-FLAIR and iFR Swedeheart studies, the largest randomized coronary physiology outcome studies published to date, showcased iFR as a non-inferior method to FFR during risk stratification in coronary stenosis. iFR is a pressure-derived index unique to Philips, allowing a simplified hyperemia-free physiological assessment of coronary blockages to identify the appropriate therapy for each patient.

Ischemic heart disease (IHD) causes the highest rate of disability and death compared to any other illness in the world and also incurs the greatest economic costs. Of the approximately 17.7 million people who died from cardiovascular diseases globally in 2015, a total of 7.4 million were a result of coronary heart disease [1]. Philips began offering iFR technology as an alternative to FFR in 2013 in Europe and 2014 in the U.S. The technology offers a procedure that provides functional measurement while reducing patient discomfort by 90 percent, reducing costs by approximately 10 percent per patient over a one-year average and reducing time spent in the cath lab by 10 percent, according to Philips.

Click here to read the full updated ESC revascularization guidelines.

For more information:



[1] Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). (n.d.). Retrieved from

Related iFR Content

Updated SCAI Expert Consensus Says Either FFR, iFR Can Be Used

Easier to Use iFR Equal to Outcomes of FFR in Coronary Lesion Evaluation

VIDEO: iFR Found More Cost Effective Over Standard FFR

VIDEO: iFR Equal to FFR Outcomes in Coronary Lesion Evaluation

Related Content

Feature | Cardiac Diagnostics | By Robert L. Quigley, MD, DPhil

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), caused by plaque buildup in arterial walls, is one of the leading causes ...

Home January 23, 2024
News | Cardiac Diagnostics

September 5, 2023 — GE HealthCare announced the launch of a handheld, wireless ultrasound imaging system designed for ...

Home September 05, 2023
Feature | Cardiac Diagnostics | By Kelly Patrick

The global ambulatory diagnostic cardiology market was valued at $2.6 billion in 2022 and is forecast to rise to $3.3 ...

Home May 15, 2023
News | Cardiac Diagnostics

February 8, 2023 — Results of research that identified new causes of Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease, or ASCAD ...

Home February 08, 2023
News | Cardiac Diagnostics

September 15, 2022 - Happitech has announced the launch of its FastStart Research app. The Amsterdam-based digital ...

Home September 15, 2022
Feature | Cardiac Diagnostics | by Kelly Patrick

Like most healthcare markets, the diagnostic cardiology market has had a bumpy ride in recent years. The COVID-19 ...

Home August 23, 2022
Feature | Cardiac Diagnostics | By Adam Saltman, MD, PhD

Before opining on the future of cardiac health, I think it’s important to define what “cardiac health” actually is. If ...

Home May 04, 2022
News | Cardiac Diagnostics

January 31, 2022 — Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can analyze eye scans taken ...

Home January 31, 2022
News | Cardiac Diagnostics

November 10, 2021 — Abbott released new global market research from its Beyond Intervention initiative, the company’s ...

Home November 10, 2021
Feature | Cardiac Diagnostics | By Dave Fornell, DAIC Editor

October 29, 2021 — A new guideline for the evaluation and diagnosis of chest pain was released this week that provides ...

Home October 29, 2021
Subscribe Now