Association of Physician Variation in Use of Manual Aspiration Thrombectomy With Outcomes Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: The National Cardiovascular Data Registry CathPCI Registry.


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Importance: Following negative randomized clinical trials, US guidelines downgraded support for routine manual aspiration thrombectomy (AT) during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, some PCI operators continue to endorse a clinical benefit with AT use despite the lack of supportive data. Objective: To examine temporal trends and comparative outcomes of AT use during pPCI for STEMI. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) CathPCI Registry from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2016, to assess temporal trends and in-hospital outcomes associated with AT use. To evaluate outcomes through 180 days, a subanalysis was conducted among Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-linked patients from July 1, 2009, through December 31, 2014. The comparative effectiveness analysis was performed using instrumental variable analyses to account for treatment selection bias. The instrumental variable was operator's preference to use AT during pPCI. Data were analyzed between February 1, 2017, and April 1, 2018. Exposures: Aspiration thrombectomy use during pPCI for STEMI. Main Outcomes and Measures: Primary outcomes included in-hospital stroke and death. Secondary outcomes included heart failure, stroke, all-cause rehospitalization, and death through 180 days of follow-up. Results: Among all pPCIs performed (683 584), the mean (SD) age of patients was 61.7 (12.8) years, 489 257 were male (71.6%), and 596 384 were white (87.2%). Among patients undergoing pPCI, AT use increased from 2009 through 2011, with peak use of 13.8%. This was followed by a decline of more than 9%, reaching 4.7% by mid-2016. Overall, AT was used in 10.8% of pPCIs (lowest operator group median, 0%; highest operator group median, 33.8%). After instrumental variable analysis, AT use was associated with no difference in in-hospital death (adjusted absolute risk difference, -0.18%; 95% CI, -0.53% to 0.16%; P = .29) and a small increase in in-hospital stroke (adjusted RD, 0.14%; 95% CI, 0.01%-0.30%; P = .03). Among Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-linked patients, AT use was not associated with differences in death, heart failure, stroke, or rehospitalization at 180 days. Conclusions and Relevance: In this large, nationwide analysis, AT use during STEMI pPCI declined by more than 50% since 2011, with use as of mid-2016 at less than 5%. Selective AT use was associated with a small excess risk of in-hospital stroke and no difference in other outcomes through 180 days of follow-up.

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Cited Authors

  • Secemsky, EA; Ferro, EG; Rao, SV; Kirtane, A; Tamez, H; Zakroysky, P; Wojdyla, D; Bradley, SM; Cohen, DJ; Yeh, RW

Published Date

  • February 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 110 - 118

PubMed ID

  • 30624549

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30624549

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2380-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/jamacardio.2018.4472


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States