Choice of vein-harvest technique for coronary artery bypass grafting: Rationale and design of the REGROUP trial

Marco A. Zenati, J. Michael Gaziano, Joseph F. Collins, Kousick Biswas, Jennifer M. Gabany, Jacquelyn A. Quin, Jerene M. Bitondo, Faisal G. Bakaeen, Rosemary F. Kelly, A. Laurie Shroyer, Deepak L. Bhatt

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The Randomized Endo-vein Graft Prospective (REGROUP) trial ( NCT01850082) is a randomized, intent-to-treat, 2-arm, parallel-design, multicenter study funded by the Cooperative Studies Program (CSP No. 588) of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Cardiac surgeons at 16 Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers with technical expertise in performing both endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) and open vein harvesting (OVH) were recruited as the REGROUP surgeon participants. Subjects requiring elective or urgent coronary artery bypass grafting using cardiopulmonary bypass with use of ≥1 saphenous vein graft will be screened for enrollment using pre-established inclusion/exclusion criteria. Enrolled subjects (planned N = 1150) will be randomized to 1 of the 2 arms (EVH or OVH) after an experienced vein harvester has been assigned. The primary outcomes measure is the rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE), including death, myocardial infarction, or revascularization. Subject assessments will be performed at multiple times, including at baseline, intraoperatively, postoperatively, and at discharge (or 30 days after surgery, if still hospitalized). Assessment of leg-wound complications will be completed at 6 weeks after surgery. Telephone follow-ups will occur at 3-month intervals after surgery until the participating sites are decommissioned after the trial's completion (approximately 4.5 years after the full study startup). To assess long-term outcomes, centralized follow-up of MACE for 2 additional years will be centrally performed using VA and non-VA clinical and administrative databases. The primary MACE outcome will be compared between the 2 arms, EVH and OVH, at the end of the trial duration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


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