New-generation drug-eluting stent experience in the percutaneous treatment of unprotected left main coronary artery disease: The NEST registry

Chiara Bernelli, Alaide Chieffo, Gill Louise Buchanan, Matteo Montorfano, Mauro Carlino, Azeem Latib, Filippo Figini, Kensuke Takagi, Toru Naganuma, Davide MacCagni, Antonio Colombo

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Objectives: To explore the 2-year clinical outcomes in patients with unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) disease treated with overall new drug-eluting stent (DES) options. Background: Recent available data have shown the feasibility and the safety of new DESs, mainly evaluating the everolimus-eluting stents in the setting of ULMCA disease. Methods: Patients with ULMCA disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with everolimus-, zotarolimus-, and biolimus A9-eluting stents were prospectively evaluated. The study objective was the composite of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), consisting of all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), and target vessel revascularization (TVR) at 2-year clinical follow-up. Results: A total of 154 patients were analyzed. The mean EuroSCORE and SYNTAX scores were 4.7 ± 2.6 and 27.5 ± 8.3, respectively. Distal location was present in 126 patients (81.8%) and 96 lesions (76.3%) were true Medina bifurcations. The 2-stent technique was used in 73 cases (57.9%). Everolimus-, zotarolimus-, and biolimus A9-eluting stents were implanted in 68 patients (44.2%), 46 patients (29.9%), and 40 patients (25.9%), respectively. At a median clinical follow-up of 551.5 days (interquartile range, 360.8-1045.5 days), MACEs occurred in 29 patients (18.8%). Ten patients (6.5%) died, and 2 deaths (1.3%) were adjudicated as cardiac. No patient had myocardial infarction or definite stent thrombosis (ST). One probable and 1 possible ST were adjudicated. TVR was required in 19 patients (12.3%) and target lesion revascularization was required in only 7 patients (4.5%). Conclusions: In our experience, despite the presence of complex distal left main lesions, new DESs in ULMCA disease appear to be promising in terms of safety and efficacy at 2-year clinical follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-275
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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