To compare outcomes in older individuals receiving drug-eluting (DES) and bare metal stents (BMS).
Comparative effectiveness of DES relative to BMS remains unclear.
Outcomes were evaluated in 262,700 patients from 650 National Cardiovascular Data Registry sites during 2004-2006 using procedural registry data linked to Medicare claims for follow-up. Outcomes including death, myocardial infarction (MI), revascularization, major bleeding, stroke, death or MI, death or MI or revascularization, and death or MI or stroke, were compared using estimated cumulative incidence rates with inverse probability weighted estimators and Cox proportional hazards ratios.
DES were implanted in 217,675 patients and BMS in 45,025. At 30-months, DES patients had lower unadjusted rates of death (12.9% vs. 17.9%), MI (7.3 vs. 10.0/100 pts) and revascularization (23.0 vs. 24.5/100 pts) with no difference in stroke or bleeding. After adjustment, DES patients had lower rates of death (13.5% vs. 16.5%, HR=0.75, (95% CI: 0.72 ,0.79), p<0.001) and MI (7.5 vs. 8.9/100 pts, HR=0.77, (95% CI: 0.72,0.81), p<0.001), with minimal difference in revascularization (23.5 vs. 23.4/100 pts; HR=0.91, (95% CI: 0.87,0.96), stroke (3.1 vs. 2.7/100 pts, HR=0.97, (95% CI: 0.88,1.07) or bleeding (3.4 vs. 3.6/100 pts, HR=0.91, (95% CI: 0.84,1.00). The DES survival benefit was observed in all subgroups analyzed and persisted throughout 30-months’ follow-up.
In this largest ever real-world study, patients receiving DES had significantly better clinical outcomes than their BMS counterparts, without an associated increase in bleeding or stroke, throughout 30 months’ follow-up and across all prespecified subgroups.