Coronary Physiology – Can a New Pressure Guidewire Design Expand Adoption?

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After FAME and iFR, OptoWire III promises to be a technological innovation to support both a significant increase in adoption and the implementation of the recommendations of clinical studies and medical societies.

This case-based webinar, at 3pm CET / 2pm GMT, examines the barriers limiting the adoption of physiology in the real world and reviews how OptoWire III empowers physicians to overcome them.

Cases discussed will address the following:

- Calcified lesions, bifurcations

- Ease of use, fast procedure, reliable data for COVID times

- Comorbidities (alteration of renal function, need to reduce contrast and PCI duration)


This educational webinar will comprise two experts in complex PCI (Dr Pasi Karjalainen, Helsinki, Finland, and Dr Evald Høj ChristiansenAarhus, Denmark) each presenting a case – addressing bifurcations and calcified lesions respectively – to best highlight their experiences with the OptoWire III in supporting a complex physiology-guided procedure and simplifying the case.

Proceedings will be moderated by Dr Tim Schaufele, Bern, Switzerland, who will facilitate the discussion around the two cases and lead the live audience Q&A.


Evald Høj Christiansen

Evald Høj Christiansen

Pasi Karjalainen

Pasi Karjalainen

Tim Günter Schäufele

Tim Günter Schäufele

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Introduction – Dr Tim Schaufele

Case Presentation 1 – Dr Evald Christiansen

Case Presentation 2 – Dr Pasi Karjalainen

Live Q&A – All

Summary and Close – Dr Tim Schaufele


  • To examine, through a panel of experts, the current major barriers to expand adoption of coronary physiology.
  • To discover the advantages of the OptoWire III pressure guidewire in overcoming part of these barriers supporting in full safety the physiology assessments of complex PCI.
  • To discuss whether wire-technology innovation can be the third milestone to significantly increase adoption after clinical evidence and Non Hyperaemic Pressure Ratios.


  • Interventional Cardiologist doing more than 50 physiology-guided PCI per year
  • Believers either in resting physiology (NHPR) and/or in hyperemic physiology (FFR)
  • Physicians and nurses that currently see in technology a limitation to assess with physiology patients with complex lesions

Faculty Biographies

Evald Høj Christiansen

Evald Høj Christiansen

Dr Evald Høj Christiansen is an Associate Professor in the Cardiology Department of Aarhus University Hospital. He is an interventional cardiologist with 15 years' of experience in the field. His main interest is chronic total occlusions, bifurcations, coronary imaging, physiologic evaluations of coronary artery disease, and TAVR. He has performed a series of studies in this area and has conducted many clinical trials.

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Pasi Karjalainen

Pasi Karjalainen

Dr Pasi Karjalainen is an Adjunct Professor in the Cardiology Department of Helsinki University Hospital. He has worked as an interventional cardiologist for over 20 years. His particular interests in interventional cardiology focus on acute coronary syndromes, coronary interventions and imaging and coronary physiology. He has served as Principal Investigator on several multi-centre studies, and also participated in several international multi-centre studies as a co-investigator or on steering committees.

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Tim Günter Schäufele

Tim Günter Schäufele

Dr Tim Günter Schäufele is a Consultant in the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital Bern, Switzerland.

Prior to this, he served as Head of Cathlab and Interventional Cardiology at Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus Stuttgart, after serving as a Research Fellow in Cardiac Magnetic Imaging at the Department of Cardiology University Heidelberg.

Dr Schäufele is a Co-Founding Member of Transradial Workingroup German Cardiac Society, a Board Member of the Interventional Working Group of the German Cardiac Society, and a Full Member EuroCTO Club

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