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BACKGROUND: Few studies have evaluated the effect of chronic calcium-channel blocker therapy (CCB) on the angiographic and clinical outcome of radial artery (RA) grafts used for coronary bypass surgery. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate if CCB influences midterm clinical and angiographic outcomes of RA grafts. METHODS: Patient-level data of 6 angiographic randomized trials evaluating RA graft status at midterm follow-up were joined in this observational analysis. Cox regression and propensity score methods were used to evaluate the effect of CCB on the incidence of a composite of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) (death, myocardial infarction, and repeat revascularization) and graft occlusion. RESULTS: The study population included 732 patients (502 on CCB). The median clinical follow-up was 60 months. The cumulative incidence of MACE at 36, 72, and 108 months was 3.7% vs. 9.3%, 13.4% vs. 17.6%, and 16.8% vs. 20.5% in the CCB and no CCB groups, respectively (log-rank p = 0.003). Protocol-driven angiographic follow-up was available in 243 patients in the CCB group and 200 in the no CCB group. The median angiographic follow-up was 55 months. The cumulative incidence of RA occlusion at 36, 72, and 108 months was 0.9% vs. 8.6%, 9.6% vs. 21.4%, and 14.3% vs. 38.9% in the CCB and no CCB groups, respectively (log-rank p < 0.001). After controlling for known confounding, CCB therapy was found to be consistently associated with a significantly lower risk of MACE (multivariate Cox hazard ratio: 0.52; 95% confidence interval: 0.31 to 0.89; p = 0.02) and RA graft occlusion (multivariate Cox hazard ratio: 0.20; 95% confidence interval: 0.08 to 0.49; p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: In patients with RA grafts CCB is associated with significantly better midterm clinical and angiographic RA outcomes.

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Journal article


J Am Coll Cardiol

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2299 - 2306


CABG, calcium-channel blocker, radial artery, Aged, Calcium Channel Blockers, Cohort Studies, Coronary Angiography, Coronary Artery Bypass, Coronary Artery Disease, Female, Graft Occlusion, Vascular, Graft Survival, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Myocardial Infarction, Radial Artery, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Reoperation, Transplants, Treatment Outcome