Utility of the ACC/AHA Lesion Classification to Predict Outcomes After Contemporary DES Treatment: Individual Patient Data Pooled Analysis From 7 Randomized Trials

Maayan Konigstein, Björn Redfors, Zixuan Zhang, Lak N. Kotinkaduwa, Gary S. Mintz, Pieter C. Smits, Patrick W. Serruys, Clemens von Birgelen, Mahesh V. Madhavan, Mordechai Golomb, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Roxana Mehran, Martin B. Leon, Gregg W. Stone*

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BACKGROUND: Use of the modified American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) lesion classification as a prognostic tool to predict short-and long-term clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention in the modern drug-eluting stent era is uncertain. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patient-level data from 7 prospective, randomized trials were pooled. Clinical outcomes of patients undergoing single lesion percutaneous coronary intervention with second-generation drug-eluting stent were analyzed according to modified ACC/AHA lesion class. The primary end point was target lesion failure (TLF: composite of cardiac death, target vessel myocardial infarction, or ischemia-driven target lesion revascularization). Clinical outcomes to 5 years were compared between patients treated for noncomplex (class A/B1) versus complex (class B2/C) lesions. Eight thousand five hundred sixteen patients (age 63.1±10.8 years, 70.5% male) were analyzed. Lesions were classified as A, B1, B2, and C in 7.9%, 28.5%, 33.7%, and 30.0% of cases, respectively. Target lesion failure was higher in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention of complex versus noncomplex lesions at 30 days (2.0% versus 1.1%, P=0.004), at 1 year (4.6% versus 3.0%, P=0.0005), and at 5 years (12.4% versus 9.2%, P=0.0001). By multivariable analysis, treatment of ACC/AHA class B2/C lesions was significantly associated with higher rate of 5-year target lesion failure (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.39 [95% CI, 1.17– 1.64], P=0.0001) driven by significantly higher rates of target vessel myocardial infarction and ischemia-driven target lesion revascularization. CONCLUSIONS: In this pooled large-scale analysis, treating complex compared with noncomplex lesions according to the modified ACC/AHA classification with second-generation drug-eluting stent was associated with worse 5-year clinical outcomes. This historical classification system may be useful in the contemporary era for predicting early and late outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere025275
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2022


  • drug-eluting stents
  • percutaneous coronary intervention
  • target lesion failure


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