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Intern Med. 2013;52(12):1303-10.

Comparison of long-term clinical and 1-year angiographic outcomes after primary stenting (-12 hours) and late reperfusion (12 hours-) using sirolimus-eluting stents for ST-segment elevated myocardial infarctions: a propensity score matching analysis.

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  • 1Division of Cardiology, Saitama Cardiovascular Respiratory Center, Japan.



We compared the long-term clinical and 1-year angiographic outcomes in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients who presented between 12 to 48 hours after symptom onset and underwent emergent procedures (late reperfusion) using sirolimus-eluting stents (SES; Cypher Bx Velocity) with those of primary stenting patients who presented within 12 hours.


The study design was a retrospective, nonrandomized single-center study in which the investigations were conducted in October 2012 following the enrollment of consecutive STEMI patients treated with late reperfusion (n=75) and primary stenting using SES (n=386) between September 2004 and May 2007. The incidence of the primary end points (cardiac death, nonfatal recurrent MI and definite stent thrombosis) after late reperfusion (6.7%; mean follow-up, 2,176±742 days) was not significantly different from that observed after primary stenting (8.5%; 2,237±722 days) (p=0.59). The incidence of the secondary end point (binary in-stent restenosis: % diameter stenosis greater than 50% on secondary angiography at approximately one year) after late reperfusion (11.1%, n=54) was not statistically different from that observed after primary stenting (8.0%, n=276) (p=0.45). Using a propensity score matching analysis, the incidences of the primary (6.7%, n=75) and secondary (11.3%, n=53) end points after late reperfusion were not found to be significantly different from those observed after primary stenting (8.0% and 9.4%) (p=0.75 and 0.75, respectively).


The present small study showed the long-term clinical and 1-year angiographic outcomes after late reperfusion using SES for STEMI patients in emergent procedures in daily practice to be statistically equivalent to those observed after primary stenting using SES for STEMI patients.

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