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- Received April 22, 1999
- Revision received September 20, 1999
- Accepted December 17, 1999
- Published online April 1, 2000.
- Spencer B King III, MD, MACC∗,*,
- Andrzej S Kosinski, PhD‡,
- Robert A Guyton, MD, FACC†,
- Nicholas J Lembo, MD, FACC∗,
- William S Weintraub, MD, FACC∗,
- for the Emory Angioplasty Versus Surgery Trial (EAST) Investigators
- ↵*Reprint requests and correspondence: Dr. Spencer B. King, III, Emory University Hospital, Suite F606, 1364 Clifton Road Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
To evaluate the long-term outcome of patients randomized to coronary bypass surgery or coronary angioplasty.
The Emory Angioplasty versus Surgery Trial (EAST) is a single center randomized comparison of a strategy of initial coronary angioplasty (n = 198) or coronary bypass surgery (n = 194) for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease. The primary end point (death, myocardial infarction or a large ischemic defect at 3 years) was not different, and repeat revascularization was significantly greater in the angioplasty group. Subsequently, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute supported a five-year extension of the trial.
After the three year anniversary visit, annual questionnaires, telephone contact and examination of medical records were accomplished until death or the eight year anniversary in 100% of the patients surviving at 3 years.
Survival at 8 years is 79.3% in the angioplasty group and 82.7% in the surgical group (p = 0.40). Patients with proximal left anterior descending stenosis and those with diabetes tended to have better late survival with surgical intervention although not reaching statistical significance. After the first 3 years, repeat interventions remained relatively equal for both treatment groups.
Long-term survival is not significantly different between angioplasty and surgery, and late (three to eight year) revascularization procedures were infrequent. Patients without treated diabetes had similar survival in both groups.
☆ This study was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute-funded grant RO1 HL 33965.
- Received April 22, 1999.
- Revision received September 20, 1999.
- Accepted December 17, 1999.
- American College of Cardiology