Stent thrombosis incidence in bare metal stents

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Multiple contemporary studies involving single center and multi center experience suggests an overall lifetime incidence of stent thrombosis is 0.5 % - 2.5 %.[1] [2] [3] [4][5] There is some variation of these numbers with the definitions used. For instance, in a recent study of 8847 patients who received a BMS, a cumulative incidence of definite, probable or possible stent thrombosis (ST) over 15 months was 2.15% and that for definite ST was 0.61%.[1] In a study involving serial angiography after sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) and BMS implantation at 4, 11, and 21.2 ± 2.2 months, no BMS developed thrombus, however SES demonstrated the presence of thrombi and yellow plaques even as much as 2 years after implantation.[6]

Incidence in Bare Metal Stents

Incidence of Early ST in BMS

For purposes of discussion this group would include:

  • Intra-procedural ST
  • Acute ST: up to 24 hrs
  • Subacute ST: 24 hrs to 30 days

Supportive Trial Data

  • In study of 7484 patients with (intra vascular ultrasound study) IVUS before and after stenting, incidence of ST was 0.4% up to a week. The median time of ST was 24 hours and the minimum time was 1 hour.[7]
  • In a retrospective analysis 4509 patients the rate of subacute ST was 0.51%.[8]

Higher Incidence of Subacute ST in Special Patient Populations

  • In a group of 40 patients who underwent non cardiac surgery following BMS, the incidence of ST while on two antiplatelet agents appeared to be 2.5 % (one patient out of 40).[9]
  • Incidence of ST in patients with acute coronary syndrome(ACS) are higher than those with stable angina as demonstrated by ACUITY and TRITON-TIMI 38 trial databases.[10] [11]
  • The incident rates of early ST in ACS i.e STEMI and NSTEMI have shown to be 1.4 - 1.6%, and 0 - 2.9% respectively while ST incidence in patients with stable angina is 0 - 0.5%.[12]

Incidence of ST from 30 days up to 3 years or longer

This would include:

  • Late ST: 30 days to one year
  • Very late ST: more than one year, but generally less than 3 years
  • Later than 3 years

The reported incidence in this group ranges between 0-0.5%. Given the paucity of data only assumptions can be made for the group beyond 1-3 years.

Incidence of Late-ST

  • The incidence of late ST with BMS was 0.28% in a meta-analysis of 14 trials looking at 6675 patients.[13]
  • Long term aspirin therapy is necessary to reduce the incidence of late ST in patients with BMS.[14] [15]

Incidence of Very Late-ST

  • It appears that ST in the very late group is exceedingly rare.
  • In a meta-analysis of 14 trials looking at 6675 patients no patient presented with very late ST of BMS. However regular follow up of most patients confined to one year or less.[13]


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