In this large trial of patients with stable CAD, those with a fractional flow reserve (FFR) of <80% (which indicates functionally significant stenosis), they were randomized to medical therapy or PCI; PCI had a significantly lower rate of death/MI/urgent revascularization compared to medical therapy (4% vs 13%). In patients with stable CAD and FFR<80%, PCI is beneficial (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.