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Control Clin Trials. 2000 Dec;21(6):595-609.

The Octopus Study: rationale and design of two randomized trials on medical effectiveness, safety, and cost-effectiveness of bypass surgery on the beating heart.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Utrecht University Hospital, The Netherlands.


The Octopus Study consists of two multicenter randomized clinical trials in which coronary artery bypass grafting on the beating heart (off-pump CABG) using the Utrecht Octopus Method is compared to intracoronary stent implantation and conventional CABG. The primary endpoint in the comparison of off-pump CABG versus stent implantation (OctoStent Trial) is medical effectiveness (i.e., absence of reintervention and major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events at 1 year after treatment). The primary endpoint in the comparison of off-pump CABG versus conventional CABG (OctoPump Trial) is cerebral safety (i.e., absence of cognitive deficits and cerebrovascular events at 3 months after treatment). Secondary endpoints in both trials include presence and severity of angina, quality of life, exercise capacity, and cost-effectiveness. A total of 560 patients will be enrolled. A random sample of 210 patients will undergo repeat angiography at 1 year to assess angiographic restenosis rate and graft patency. Including 1-year follow-up, the study will last for 3 years. Control Clin Trials 2000;21:595-609

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