Last updated on October 2018

Ffr-gUidance for compLete Non-cuLprit REVASCularization

Brief description of study

Background: The best strategy for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients with multi-vessel disease, who undergo primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of the infarct-related artery (IRA) in the acute phase with remaining multivessel disease, is still not well established. Current guidelines recommend PCI of only the infarct related artery (IRA). However, recent small scale randomised controlled trials indicate that full revascularization of these non-infarct related arteries during the index procedure is superior to initial conservative treatment. Fractional flow reserve (FFR), a method used to determine ischemia-inducing lesions, has been shown to be superior to angiography-guided PCI in stable angina.

Objective and methods: To test the hypothesis that a strategy of systematic complete revascularization with FFR-guided PCI following STEMI/very high risk NSTEMI leads to improved clinical outcomes at one year compared to initial conservative management of non-culprit lesions. The trial is a prospective international multicentre registry-based randomized controlled trial with combined primary endpoint of all-cause mortality and non-fatal MI at one year. Key secondary endpoint is unplanned revascularization. 4052 patients with acute STEMI/very high risk NSTEMI with multi-vessel disease in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Latvia and Poland will be randomized into 2 arms:

  1. FFR-guided PCI of non-culprit lesions during index hospital admission or
  2. Initial conservative management following acute PCI of the culprit lesion(s) or

Randomization and data collection in the registries - the Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Registry (SCAAR) and corresponding registries in other countries (or electronic data capture) - will ensure low bias, high inclusion rate and excellent follow-up of events at a low cost. Adjudication of clinical events and collection of data from other registries including death cause registries is also planned.

Significance: If this study shows that FFR-guided PCI of non-culprit lesions in STEMI/very high risk NSTEMI improves clinical outcome compared to conventional management this will change practise in how we should best manage these patients. Therefore a study of this size will definitely be of great importance in determining future guidelines for this large patient group to reduce both morbidity and mortality.

Detailed Study Description

Background Information: Early epicardial coronary reperfusion is a prerequisite for the effective salvage of ischemic myocardium and reduces morbidity and mortality in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The recent ESC guidelines currently recommend percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of only the infarct related artery (IRA) in the setting of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Subsequent management of residual disease is initially conservative with a low threshold for non-invasive investigation for residual ischemia. There is a recent meta-analysis of 34279 patients with 1819 cardiovascular deaths registered during follow-up showing that PCI of the culprit lesion only is associated with reduced mortality as compared to full revascularization at the time of STEMI in multivessel disease. Also in non ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), the strategy of multivessel PCI for suitable significant stenosesrather than PCI limited to the culprit lesionhas not been evaluated in an appropriate, randomized fashion according to the European Society of Cardiology guidelines on myocardial revascularization. In NSTEMI there is growing evidence to suggest a benefit of an invasive strategy within 2 h in patients with a very high risk profile according to the ESC NSTEMI guidelines. Accordingly, also patients with a very high risk NSTEMI requiring urgent revascularization may be included in the current study.

Recent small scale randomised controlled trials (RCT) have however produced results which suggest that in cases where there is anatomically significant non-culprit multi-vessel disease full revascularization of these non-infarct related arteries during the index procedure or at least during the same hospitalization is superior to initial conservative treatment. Since these studies were so small and also go against earlier observational studies and current guidelines it is therefore difficult to draw any conclusions on how to treat this patient group in the optimal way to reduce mortality.

By way of paradox, in recent years it has been shown that fractional flow reserve (FFR) used to determine ischemia-inducing lesions is superior to angiography guided PCI in both stable angina and in NSTEMI. Whether performing full revascularization of physiologically significant non-culprit lesions for patients with STEMI improves outcome compared to an initial conservative approach is not known. The primary PCI in multivessel disease study(PRIMULTI) was a small study (650 patients) that investigated this question with a combined primary endpoint of all cause death, myocardial infarction or revascularization at one year. In PRIMULTI conservative treatment was safe; there was no difference at all regarding death and myocardial infarction, only revascularization. One critique of these studies is that they are including revascularization in the primary endpoint and it is expected that you will increase revascularization if you leave significant stenoses untreated. The key question is if complete revascularization prevents death or MI.

Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate whether in patients with STEMI/rescue PCI/risk evaluation following successful thrombolysis/very high risk NSTEMI FFR-guided PCI of non-culprit lesions during the index hospital admission will improve cardiovascular outcomes compared to an initially conservative approach of non-culprit lesions. The study aim is powered statistically for the combined primary endpoint of total mortality and myocardial infarction (MI) at a minimum follow-up of 1 year (all events when the last patient has been for 1 year).

Assessments and Procedures:

All patients will undergo primary PCI according to clinical routine for patients with STEMI/Rescue PCI/Risk evaluation following successful thrombolysis/very high risk NSTEMI. If index procedure PCI is performed then oral informed consent of the study will be obtained and the patient will be randomized following PCI of the culprit lesion.

A simple randomization procedure based on a computer module will be performed via SCAAR registry (Sweden). Other participating countries without possibility to randomize patients through registries can do this through a web page. It is strongly recommended that randomization is done directly following primary PCI of the culprit lesion. However, it is possible to randomize the patient within 6 h from puncture time of the index procedure.

The patients will receive written information about the study and sign a consent form in the ward after the PCI procedure is performed.

Follow-up of both treatment arms: If patients at follow-up are found to have angina pectoris that could not be medically managed, it is recommended that an imaging-based non-invasive stress test is performed before deciding on a new elective coronary angiography according to current guidelines. If patients in both groups are found to have signs of significant ischemia on a stress-test or still have significant angina and sent for elective coronary angiography, then FFR is allowed according to current ESC guidelines of stable coronary artery disease and is at the discretion of the patient responsible physician. However, it is recommended that a non-invasive stress test is performed as first option if a patient comes back with angina.

Patients who are eligible but not randomized into the study will be followed in the registries for the same endpoints.

Data will be collected for all patients on hospitalization for myocardial infarction from the The Swedish Web-system for Enhancement and Development of Evidence- based care in Heart disease Evaluated According to Recommended Therapies (SWEDEHEART) registry (Sweden) or corresponding registries in other countries.

Data will also be collected from the the Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Registry (SCAAR) in Sweden or corresponding registries in other countries.

Data on coronary-artery bypass surgery after the index procedure will be determined by the diagnose registry or CABG registry in Sweden. For deceased patients data on cause of death will be collected from the Swedish Death Cause Registry. Corresponding registries in other countries will also be used where possible.

Other participating countries must decide their possibility to capture registry data from corresponding registries according to the data model for the study. If not possible data must be collected manually through an UCR EDC system that mirrors the interface in registries used in Sweden.

Treatment assignment:

Randomization (1:1) will be performed by means of an online randomization module within the SCAAR registry using permuted block randomization stratified by site. In other participating countries randomization will be performed in corresponding registries or through a web page.

Intention-to-treat analysis will be performed as primary analysis.

A research nurse at each site will contact each patient and perform a medical record review at 30 days and one year to confirm if the patient has experienced anything of the following:

MI, unplanned rehospitalization due to anything of the following: revascularization, major bleeding requiring transfusion or surgery, stroke or heart failure. Furthermore, the Seattle Angina Questionnaire-7 will be used to evaluate effects on angina pectoris.

A majority of patients aged <75 years in the study will have a clinical follow-up visit at one year to a Cardiology nurse. This is according to clinical routine for patients in Sweden with and age <75 years. At this visit quality of life parameters (EQ-5D) will be entered into the the Swedish quality registry for secondary prevention according to clinical routine.

The data safety monitoring board (DSMB) will have the possibility to stop enrolment due to perceived increased risk to patients in the FFR-group only.

No follow-up of adverse events is planned.

All MIs and unplanned revascularization (PCI/CABG) will be adjudicated by the Clinical Events Adjudication (CEA) group at Uppsala Clinical Research Centre (UCR). The CEA charter defines the specific criteria and definitions of the endpoints. The adjudication decision will be entered in a CEA database, handled by UCR. All details of the event definitions and the adjudication process are described in detail in the CEA charter.

Data management:

Data defined as study data will be recorded in an electronic data capture system (EDC) at UCR. Access to data sets with information on allocated treatment, or data summaries presented by treatment, will be restricted and documented to decrease the risk of bias due to non-blinded decisions during the study.

Data will be evaluated for compliance with the protocol and accuracy in relation to source documents which means that regular data checks for completeness of the variables in the EDC system will be done and follow-up of informed consent. The study will be conducted in accordance with procedures identified in the protocol. Regular monitoring will be performed. Following written standard operating procedures, the monitors will verify that the clinical trial is conducted and data are generated, documented and reported in compliance with the protocol and the applicable regulatory requirements.

Statistical analyses:

Analyses will primarily be performed on the intention-to-treat (ITT) set, defined as all intentionally randomized patients, by randomized treatment. All statistical tests will be performed on the 5% significance level using two-sided tests.

All endpoints will be presented as Kaplan-Meier plots and frequency tables at 30 days and 1 year, by randomized treatment, and analysed using Cox proportional hazards regression with randomized treatment, country, and gender as factors, and age as a continuous covariate, and treatment contrasts presented as hazard ratios with 95% confidence interval and associated p-values. The primary analysis will be based on events of all follow-up time of each patient at time of data base lock.

The sample size calculation is based on the patients with 2- or 3-vessel disease in the TASTE trial. This group constitutes 3138 patients, of which 208 died and 312 had a composite event of death or rehospitalization with myocardial infarction within 1 year.

4052 patients (2026 per arm) would give 80% power to detect a relative risk reduction of 25% at one year in the composite of all-cause death and myocardial infarction, for FFR-guided non-culprit PCI against conservative treatment.

Before starting the study all centres will have a web-based start meeting with presentation of the study, study procedures and documentation (Investigator Study File with Essential Documents). The sponsor is responsible for performing remote monitoring, no on-site monitoring is planned. Data from the randomization module (registry data) will be evaluated for protocol compliance and logs for signed informed consents will be sent to Sponsor for follow-up. The monitoring activities will be described in detail in the monitoring plan.

The Investigator or designee (PCI operators) will record data from the source into the SCAAR registry or through an EDC system in countries outside the SCAAR platform. Data fields should not be left blank. Also, discharging doctors will record data in the Swedish Register of Information and Knowledge about Swedish Heart Intensive Care Admissions and in corresponding registries in other participating countries. Data will be entered in Heart Surgery Registries for patients with CABG (in Sweden and in other countries where possible).

The statistician will analyse the original registry data regarding components of the primary endpoint and report to the DSMB.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02862119

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Kerstin Höglund

Karolinska University Hospital
Stockholm, Sweden
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