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Drug eluting stents fail in crucial board EXAMINATION !

Posted Aug 31 2011 3:39am

                                     Interventional cardiologist are excessively  talented  guys .They always  lead ahead in innovations  .The only issue is , their  enthusiasm  ( Or is it craziness ?   )  many times  overtake  the pace of science .  In the name of off label indications  they indulge   in drug and device extravaganza   in uncharted territory .

Even as we boast of practicing evidence  based cardiology  we  indulge in  scientific  adventures  without  proper  evidence  and  rather  wait for evidence to come later .” A clear case of  cart pulling the horse “

The wide-spread of use of  second generation DES in STEMI has not been found to superior to BMS in the  EXAMINATION trial just released in ESC 2011 Paris. It failed miserable when every one took  the superiority  for  granted.( Some may claim  non inferiority is  not a failure , but for a DES which was perceived a revolution,  it is definitely a failure in the  STEMI subset )

Further,  what  EXAMINATION  trial did not  address is    a well  known  issue  ,  acute and sub acute  stent thrombosis .Even as the DES is credited  with a dubious  record for  sub acute stent thrombosis ,   there is every reason to  suspect , in  the milieu of STEMI the thrombotic risk of DES  would increase many fold.

The  seemingly  low   incidence  of stent thrombosis with DES  in STEMI ,   in  EXAMINATION  trail  is a statistical mirage .This  trial was  neither  planned  nor powered to address the issue of stent thrombosis.

In the  ultimate  analysis of EXAMINATION ,   One could conclude   Cobalt chromium BMS,  has  cemented  its place ,  more firmly for use in primary PCI.

DES  at best ( *With all those conditions apply , Dual antiplatelet etc) can be equal to BMS,  while  BMS at any  day ,  would  casually will  win over DES without any conditions at a  huge cost advantage. 

The above analysis is diagonally opposite to that of general  perception  that  emanated  from Paris  ESC meet 2011   trial   .

Still ,  there  is a strong point here .What do you think ?


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