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Long-term survival after surgical or percutaneous revascularization in patients with diabetes and multivessel coronary disease


Background — There remains a paucity of real-world observational evidence comparing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients with diabetes and multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD).

Objectives — This study compared early and long-term outcomes of PCI versus CABG in patients with diabetes.

Methods — Clinical and administrative databases in Ontario, Canada were linked to obtain records of all patients with diabetes with angiographic evidence of 2- or 3-vessel CAD who were treated with either PCI or isolated CABG from 2008 to 2017. A 1:1 propensity score match was performed to account for baseline differences. All-cause mortality and the composite of myocardial infarction, repeat revascularization, stroke, or death (termed major cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events [MACCEs]) were compared between the matched groups using a stratified log-rank test and Cox proportional hazards model.

Results — A total of 4,519 and 9,716 patients underwent PCI and CABG, respectively. Before matching, patients who underwent CABG were significantly younger (age 65.7 years vs. 68.3 years), were more likely to be men (78% vs. 73%) and had more severe CAD. Propensity score matching based on 23 baseline covariates yielded 4,301 well-balanced pairs. There was no difference in early mortality between PCI and CABG (2.4% vs. 2.3%; p = 0.721) after matching. The median and maximum follow-ups were 5.5 and 11.5 years, respectively. All-cause mortality (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.39; 95% CI: 1.28 to 1.51) and overall MACCEs (HR: 1.99; 95% CI: 1.86 to 2.12) were significantly higher with PCI compared with CABG.

Conclusions — In patients with multivessel CAD and diabetes, CABG was associated with improved long-term mortality and freedom from MACCEs compared with PCI.



Tam DY, Dharma C, Rocha R, Farkouh ME, Abdel-Qadir H, Sun LY, Wijeysundera HC, Austin PC, Udell JA, Gaudino M, Fremes SE, Lee DS. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020; 76(10):1153-64. Epub 2020 Sep 1.

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