Author(s): van Werkum JW, Heestermans AA, Zomer AC, Kelder JC, Suttorp MJ,
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study sought to comprehensively identify predictors of stent thrombosis (ST). BACKGROUND: Given the devastating consequences of ST, efforts should be directed toward risk stratification to identify patients at highest risk for ST. METHODS: Consecutive patients with angiographic ST were enrolled. Patients who did not suffer from a ST were randomly selected in a 2:1 ratio and were matched for: 1) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) indication; 2) same date of index PCI; and 3) same interventional center. RESULTS: Of 21,009 patients treated with either a bare-metal or drug-eluting stent, 437 patients (2.1\%) presented with a definite ST. A total of 140 STs were acute, 180 were subacute, 58 were late, and 59 were very late. Undersizing of the coronary stent, Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction flow grade <3, present malignancy, presence of intermediate coronary artery disease proximal and distal to the culprit lesion, dissection, lack of aspirin, bifurcation lesions, ejection fraction <30\%, and younger age were associated with ST. The lack of clopidogrel therapy at the time of ST in the first 30 days after the index PCI (hazard ratio [HR]: 36.5, 95\% confidence interval [CI]: 8.0 to 167.8), between 30 days and 6 months after the index PCI (HR: 4.6, 95\% CI: 1.4 to 15.3), and beyond 6 months (HR: 5.9, 95\% CI: 1.7 to 19.8) after the index PCI was strongly associated with ST. CONCLUSIONS: Important correlates of ST were identified. Discontinuation of clopidogrel, undersizing of the coronary stent, present malignancy, and intermediate (>or=50\% to <70\% stenosis) coronary artery disease proximal to the culprit lesion were the strongest predictors of ST.
This article was published in J Am Coll Cardiol
and referenced in Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis