Dual antiplatelet therapy for more than 12 months after percutaneous coronary intervention: Insights from the Guthrie PCI Registry

K. J. Harjai, C. Shenoy, P. Orshaw, J. Boura

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the impact of dual antiplatelet (DAP) therapy of >12 months on long-term death and myocardial infarction (MI) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Design, setting and patients: Prospective, singlecentre, observational study of 1859 consecutive patients who underwent successful PCI of a native coronary artery and survived event-free for at least 12 months. Main outcome measures: Combined end point of death or non-fatal MI determined by survival analysis and propensity-adjusted multivariable Cox regression. Similar analyses were performed in the two stent subsets: bare metal stents (n=835), drug-eluting stents (n=1024); and three high-risk subsets: diabetic patients (n=486), patients presenting with MI (n=713), and those with ACC/AHA type C lesions (n=717). Results: Baseline characteristics were as follows: mean (SD) age 64 (12) years, male 69%, diabetic 26%, presentation with MI 38%, mean (SD) ejection fraction 49 (12)%, mean (SD) vessel diameter 3.1 (0.5) mm. Duration of DAP was 27 (11) months in "DAP >12 months" and 4.1 (4.1) months in "DAP ≤12 months" (p<0.001). At a median follow-up of 3.4 years after PCI, "DAP > 12 months" vs "DAP ≤12 months" had similar incidence of death or MI (9.4% vs 10.3%, log-rank p=0.83). After multivariable adjustment, DAP therapy >12 months was not associated with lower incidence of death or MI than DAP therapy ≤12 months (adjusted HR=1.01; 95% CI 0.74 to 1.37, p=0.95). Analysis of each of the five predefined subsets showed similar results. Conclusions: In patients who undergo successful native coronary PCI and survive event-free for at least 12 months, continuation of dual antiplatelet therapy beyond 12 months does not confer long-term protection from death or MI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1586
Number of pages8
JournalHeart
Volume95
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

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