Comparison of six-month outcomes for primary percutaneous revascularization for acute myocardial infarction with drug-eluting versus bare metal stents (from the APEX-AMI study).

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

We evaluated the use and outcomes of drug-eluting stents (DESs) and bare metal stents (BMSs) in a large primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI) trial. Recently concerns have been raised with "off-label" use of DESs for short- and long-term clinical outcomes. Limited randomized data exist evaluating DESs versus BMSs in ST-elevation MI. Patients (n=5,745) in the Assessment of Pexelizumab in Acute Myocardial Infarction (APEX-AMI) trial were categorized by stent type used. Baseline variables and clinical outcomes were collected at 90 days and 6 months. Outcomes by stent type were adjusted for using conventional multivariable predictors of 90-day mortality (age, anterior location, total ST-segment deviation, and Killip class), time to PCI, and Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction grade flow. Stents were deployed (at the investigator's discretion) in 5,124 patients (89.2%) with acute MI, with DES use in 2,221 (43.3%) and BMS use in 2,903 (56.7%). Patients receiving DESs were younger (median 59 vs 63 years of age, p<0.001), had left anterior descending coronary artery PCI (57.9% vs 48.1%, p<0.001), and often were treated in the United States (58.2%). DES-treated patients had a lower adjusted mortality at 90 days (hazard ratio 0.73, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.54 to 0.99, p=0.046) and trended toward lower mortality (hazard ratio 0.77, 95% CI 0.58 to 1.03, p=0.084) and recurrent MI (hazard ratio 0.81, 95% CI 0.59 to 1.11, p=0.186) at 6 months compared with BMSs. In conclusion, in this observational analysis of stent use from a large primary percutaneous intervention for acute MI trial, DESs appear as safe as BMSs with similar 6-month clinical outcomes with regard to death and recurrent MI.

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Cited Authors

  • Patel, MR; Pfisterer, ME; Betriu, A; Widmisky, P; Holmes, DR; O'Neill, WW; Stebbins, A; Van de Werf, F; Armstrong, PW; Granger, CB; APEX-AMI Investigators,

Published Date

  • January 15, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 103 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 181 - 186

PubMed ID

  • 19121433

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1913

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjcard.2008.08.066


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States