Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine whether stent length per patient and stent length per lesion are negative markers for 3-year outcomes in women following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with new-generation drug-eluting stents (DES).
Background: In the era of advanced stent technologies, whether stent length remains a correlate of adverse outcomes is unclear.
Methods: Women treated with new-generation DES in 14 randomized trials from the WIN-DES (Women in Innovation and Drug-Eluting Stents) pooled database were evaluated. Total stent length per patient, which was available in 5,403 women (quartile 1, 8 to 18 mm; quartile 2, 18 to 24 mm; quartile 3, 24 to 36 mm; quartile 4, ≥36 mm), and stent length per lesion, which was available in 5,232 women (quartile 1, 8 to 18 mm; quartile 2, 18 to 20 mm; quartile 3, 20 to 27 mm; quartile 4, ≥27 mm) were analyzed in quartiles. The primary endpoint was 3-year major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), defined as a composite of all-cause death, myocardial infarction, or target lesion revascularization.
Results: In the per-patient analysis, a stepwise increase was observed with increasing stent length in the adjusted risk for 3-year MACE (p for trend <0.0001), myocardial infarction (p for trend <0.001), cardiac death (p for trend = 0.038), and target lesion revascularization (p for trend = 0.011) but not definite or probable stent thrombosis (p for trend = 0.673). In the per-lesion analysis, an increase was observed in the adjusted risk for 3-year MACE (p for trend = 0.002) and myocardial infarction (p for trend <0.0001) but not other individual endpoints. On landmark analysis for late event rates between 1 and 3 years, stent length per patient demonstrated weak associations with target lesion revascularization (p = 0.0131) and MACE (p = 0.0499), whereas stent length per lesion was not associated with higher risk for any late events, suggesting that risk was established early within the first year after PCI.
Conclusions: In this pooled analysis of women undergoing PCI with new-generation DES, increasing stent length per patient and per lesion were independent predictors of 3-year MACE but were not associated with definite or probable stent thrombosis.
- New-generation drug-eluting stents
- Patient-level pooled analysis of women
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
- Stent length per lesion
- Stent length per patient