Drug-Eluting Versus Bare-Metal Stents in Older Patients: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.

Journal Article (Systematic Review;Journal Article)


Despite the high prevalence of ischemic heart disease in older patients, there is a substantial lack of evidence to guide clinical decision-making in this population. Hence, we performed a meta-analysis to determine the safety and efficacy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) versus bare-metal stents (BMS).


Electronic databases were searched for randomized trials comparing DES with BMS in patients ≥70 years-old. The primary outcome was major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). Secondary outcomes included different ischemic and bleeding events. Subgroup analyses for dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) duration were conducted.


We included 7 trials with a total of 5449 patients. The use of DES compared with BMS was associated with a significant reduction in MACE (odds ratio [OR]:0.76; 95% confidence interval [CI]:0.62-0.93; P = 0.007) with no increased risk of bleeding events (OR: 1.07; 95% CI: 0.89-1.27; P = 0.48). However, longer duration of DAPT (>6 months) for the DES group increased bleeding events (OR: 1.52; 95% CI: 1.05-2.20; P = 0.03). In contrast, shorter DAPT showed persistent efficacy in reducing MACE in DES-treated patients with no increased bleeding events (OR: 0.72; 95% CI: 0.60-0.87; P < 0.01 and OR: 1.01; 95% CI: 0.84-1.22; P = 0.89, respectively).


In older patients who had undergone PCI, DES showed superior efficacy in reducing MACE with no increased risk of bleeding compared with BMS. Persistent MACE reduction was evident with shorter DAPT durations in DES-treated patients.


This meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials demonstrated that drug-eluting stents were associated with a significant reduction in major adverse cardiovascular events with no increased risk of bleeding compared with bare-metal stents. The risk of bleeding was high with longer dual antiplatelet therapy duration for patients who underwent DES placement. However, short duration of dual antiplatelet therapy substantially reduced major adverse cardiovascular events with no increased bleeding risk.

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Cited Authors

  • Kheiri, B; Osman, M; Abdalla, A; Haykal, T; Chahine, A; Gwinn, M; Ahmed, S; Hassan, M; Bachuwa, G; Bhatt, DL

Published Date

  • September 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 744 - 751

PubMed ID

  • 30446398

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-0938

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1553-8389

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.carrev.2018.11.005


  • eng