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Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and adverse cardiovascular events after percutaneous coronary intervention


Background — After percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), patients remain at high risk of developing late cardiovascular events. Although controlling low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) may improve outcomes after PCI, practice guidelines do not have specific recommendations on LDL-C management for this subgroup.

Objectives — The purpose of this study was to evaluate LDL-C testing and levels after PCIs, and to assess the association between LDL-C and longer-term cardiovascular events after PCIs.

Methods — All patients who received their first PCI from October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2014, in Ontario, Canada, were considered for inclusion. Patients who had LDL-C measurement within 6 months after PCI were categorized as: <70 mg/dl, 70 to <100 mg/dl, and ≥100 mg/dl. The primary composite outcome was cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization, and stroke through December 31, 2016.

Results — Among 47,884 included patients, 52% had LDL-C measured within 6 months of PCI and 57% had LDL-C <70 mg/dl. After a median 3.2 years, the rates of cardiovascular events were 55.2/1,000 person-years for the LDL-C <70 mg/dl group, 60.3/1,000 person-years for 70 to <100 mg/dl, and 94.0/1,000 person-years for ≥100 mg/dl. The adjusted subdistribution hazard ratios for cardiovascular events were 1.17 (95% confidence interval: 1.09 to 1.26) for LDL-C of 70 to <100 mg/dl, and 1.78 (95% confidence interval: 1.64 to 1.94) for LDL-C ≥100 mg/dl when compared with LDL-C <70 mg/dl.

Conclusions — One in 2 patients had LDL-C measured within 6 months after PCI, and only 57% had LDL-C <70 mg/dl. Higher levels of LDL-C were associated with an increased incidence of late cardiovascular events. Improved cholesterol management after PCI should be considered to improve the outcomes of these patients.



Sud M, Han L, Ko M, Abdel-Qadir H, Austin PC, Farkouh ME, Godoy LC, Lawler PR, Udell JA, Wijeysundera HC, Ko DT. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020; 76(12):1440-50. Epub 2020 Sep 14.

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