Surgical Myocardial Revascularization versus Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Drug-Eluting Stents in Octogenarian Patients

Yanai Ben-Gal, Ariel Finkelstein, Shmuel Banai, Benjamin Medalion, Giora Weisz, Philippe Genereux, Shelly Moshe, Dmitry Pevni, Galit Aviram, Gideon Uretzky


Objective: Our goal was to compare the clinical outcomes of octogenarian (or older) patients who are referred for either surgical or percutaneous coronary revascularization.

Methods: We retrospectively evaluated the outcomes of all patients 80 years of age who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with an internal mammary artery or had undergone a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with a sirolimus-eluting stent to the left anterior descending artery in our center between May 2002 and December 2006.

Results: Of the 301 patients, 120 underwent a PCI, and 181 underwent CABG. Surgical patients had higher rates of left main disease, triple-vessel disease, peripheral vascular disease, emergent procedures, and previous myocardial infarctions (39.7% versus 3.3% [P = .001], 76.1% versus 28.3% [P = .0001], 19.6% versus 7.5% [P = .004], 15.8% versus 2.5% [P = .0001], and 35.9% versus 25% [P = .04], respectively). CABG patients had a higher early mortality rate (9.9% versus 2.5%, P = .01). There were no differences in 1- and 4-year actuarial survival rates, with rates of 90% and 68%, respectively, for the PCI group and 85% and 71% for the CABG group (P = .85). The rates of actuarial freedom from major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) at 1 and 4 years were 83% and 75%, respectively, for the PCI group, and 86% and 78% for the CABG group (P = .33). The respective rates of freedom from reintervention were 87% and 83% for the PCI group, versus 99% and 97% for the CABG group (P < .001). The 4-year rate of freedom from recurring angina was 58% for the PCI group, versus 88% for CABG patients (P < .001). Revascularization strategy was not a predictor of adverse outcome in a multivariable analysis.

Conclusion: Octogenarian CABG patients were sicker and experienced a higher rate of early mortality. The 2 strategies had similar rates of late mortality and MACEs, with fewer reinterventions and recurring angina occurring following surgery.

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