Background: The Flash Ostial system (Ostial Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA) was designed to optimize implantation of aorto-ostial coronary stents by flaring the proximal stent struts against the aortic wall. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical record, angiograms, and intravascular ultrasound images of 22 aorto-ostial percutaneous coronary interventions performed at our institution between March and September 2015. The Flash Ostial system was used in 13 cases (59%). Results: Mean age was 67±8 years and all patients were men. The target vessel was the right coronary artery (59%), left main (27%), or a saphenous vein graft (14%); 59% of the lesions had moderate/severe calcification. The mean number of predilation balloons was 1.8±1.6, mean Flash ostial balloon diameter was 3.3±0.5 mm and mean inflation pressure was 13.1±4.0 atmospheres. Intravascular ultrasonography (available for 19 patients) revealed mean ostial minimum lumen cross-sectional area (MLA) of 9.2±3.0 mm2 and reference MLA of 8.5±2.7 mm2. The percent difference between ostial and reference MLA was higher in cases in which the Flash Ostial system was used versus those where it was not (9.6±5.5% vs. 4.0±2.8%, P=0.03). All stent struts were well apposed. Technical success was 100%. One patient developed a left groin pseudoaneurysm treated with thrombin injection and one patient had a periprocedural myocardial infarction. Median contrast, fluoroscopy time, and procedure time were 235 mL, 33 min, and 118 min, respectively. Conclusions: The Flash Ostial system can be successfully used in aorto-ostial stenting, resulting in large ostial vessel MLA.
- Coronary artery disease
- Intravascular ultrasound
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging