TCT Connect 2020: Philips announces one-year results of DEFINE PCI

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Royal Philips has announced one-year results of the DEFINE PCI study, presented at TCT Connect 2020 (14 – 18 October, virtual). The DEFINE PCI study assessed the level of residual ischaemia, or reduced blood flow to the heart muscle, found in patients after a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Assessment was carried out using a blinded instant wave-Free Ratio (iFR) pullback measurement, a physiologic guidance technology unique to Philips.

According to Philips, the exciting promise of this data is that by using iFR co-registration physicians can identify precise locations causing ischaemia, plan stent length and even place a virtual stent to predict physiologic improvement before the intervention is performed. The blinded acute data of DEFINE PCI revealed that 24% of patients with angiographically successful PCI still had residual ischaemia. In approximately 82% of these patients, the residual ischemia was the result of a focal, potentially treatable lesion. The data suggests patients could have benefited from planning tools like iFR co-registration to find potentially treatable lesions that are often not identified by angiography alone.

The DEFINE PCI one-year data release shows that patients whose baseline ischaemia was more effectively treated (post-PCI iFR ≥0.95) had improved outcomes and less recurrent angina (chest pain) at one year. The one-year data showed an optimal post-PCI iFR of ≥0.95 was associated with improved event-free survival. In fact, patients with a post-PCI iFR of ≥0.95 had 68% fewer clinical events than patients with less than optimal post-PCI iFR values (1.8% vs 5.7%, p=0.04).

“In DEFINE PCI we noted that if all lesions causing focal ischemia had been treated up-front, the rate of significant ischemia could theoretically be reduced from 24% to 5%,” said Allen Jeremias (St Francis Hospital, Roslyn, USA) principal investigator of the DEFINE PCI study. “Now with the one-year data, we find that patients with more complete resolution of ischemia do better clinically. To some that may not be a surprising finding, but we are conducting the science because, today, most interventionalists are only using physiology as a “who-to-treat” tool. Beyond who we should treat, tools like iFR can guide “how” and “where” to treat within a vessel and then confirm results after stent placement. It’s difficult to know which lesions will produce a significant physiological gradient and which won’t. If you don’t measure, really there’s no way of telling.”

“The goal is to get patients as close to normal, physiologically, as possible,” said Manesh Patel (Duke University, Durham, USA) co-author of the DEFINE PCI study. “We’ve known this for a while, but we haven’t had the mature technology to deliver on this. We now have technology such as iFR co-registration to determine the risk-benefit of revascularisation as well as when, how, and where we should treat – and that should lead to better outcomes for patients.”

The DEFINE PCI one-year data release follows the 500 patients who participated in the DEFINE PCI study announced in 2019 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual conference. The initial study results showed that one in four patients treated with standard of care PCI left the cath lab with residual ischemia (iFR < 0.90).

“The one-year data from DEFINE PCI are the latest evidence that iFR contributes to reduced costs, enhanced patient experience and improved outcomes for PCI procedures,” said Chris Landon, senior vice president and general manager Image Guided Therapy Devices at Philips. “With the recent introduction of OmniWire, the world’s first solid core pressure guide wire for coronary artery interventional procedures, as well as the next generation of our Azurion platform, we are advancing image-guided therapy with innovative, procedure-focused solutions.”

In February, Philips announced DEFINE GPS, a randomised, controlled prospective trial which represents the next step in the DEFINE series of physiology studies. DEFINE GPS will assess the clinical effectiveness of iFR co-registration guidance to minimise post-PCI ischaemia in patients. The study, which will include up to 3,000 participants at approximately 100 sites globally, will help determine whether a physiology-based PCI approach results in superior patient outcomes compared to standard angioplasty. Enrolment is expected to begin in Q1 2021.

The DEFINE PCI and DEFINE GPS studies are sponsored by Philips with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation overseeing core lab and clinical event committee activities.


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