Vascular complications following coronary intervention correlate with long-term cardiac events

Pramod K. Kuchulakanti, Lowell F. Satler, William O. Suddath, Augusto D. Pichard, Kenneth M. Kent, Rajbabu Pakala, Daniel A. Canos, Ellen E. Pinnow, Seung Woon Rha, Ron Waksman

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We aimed to study the consequences and late outcomes of patients who experienced peripheral vascular complications (PVCs) following percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). A retrospective analysis of the medical records of 10,669 patients who underwent PCI and experienced PVC between 1995 and 2002 was conducted. One thousand ninety-six patients (10.27% of the study cohort) had PVC post-PCI. After PCI, patients with PVC had higher rates of in-hospital complications (P < 0.001) when compared to patients without PVC, including Q-wave myocardial infarction (MI; 1.2% vs. 0.3%), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG; 3.8% vs. 0.6%), and death (4.0% vs. 1.0%). At 1-year follow-up, late complications of MI (37.4% vs. 25.4%), non-Q-wave MI (34.9% vs. 22.7%), death (12.9% vs. 5.9%), and CABG (5.7% vs. 4.5%) were higher (< 0.001) in patients with PVC compared to those without. Multivariate analysis identified PVC as a significant predictor of 1-year mortality (P = 0.045). This study underscores the need to make diligent efforts to minimize PVC and follow up these patients for future coronary events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Arteriovenous fistula
  • Hematoma
  • Pseudoaneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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