Early versus delayed percutaneous coronary intervention for patients with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials

Naveen Rajpurohit, Nadish Garg, Rajeev Garg, Abhishek Choudhary, John Fresen, Sue Boren, Kevin C Dellsperger, Richard Webel, Kul Aggarwal, Martin A. Alpert

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Background: Studies assessing the timing of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in patients with Non-ST segment elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes (NSTE-ACS) have failed to generate a consensus on how early PCI should be performed in such patients. Purpose: This meta-analysis compares clinical outcomes at 30 days in NSTE-ACS patients undergoing PCI within 24 hours of presentation (early PCI) with those receiving PCI more than 24 hours after presentation (delayed PCI). Data Sources: Data were extracted from searches of MEDLINE (1990-2010) and Google scholar and from scrutiny of abstract booklets from major cardiology meetings (1990-2010). Study selection: Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that included the composite endpoint of death and non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) at 30 days after PCI were considered. Data Extraction: Two independent reviewers extracted data using standard forms. The effects of early and delayed PCI were analyzed by calculating pooled estimates for death, non-fatal MI, bleeding, repeat revascularization and the composite endpoint of death or non-fatal MI at 30 days. Univariate analysis of each of these variables was used to create odds ratios. Data Synthesis: Seven studies with a total of 13,762 patients met the inclusion criteria. There was no significant difference in the odds of the composite endpoint of death or non-fatal MI at 30 days between patients undergoing early PCI and those receiving delayed PCI (OR-0.83, 95%CI 0.62-1.10). Patients receiving delayed PCI experienced a 33% reduction in the odds of repeat revascularization at 30 days compared to those undergoing early PCI (OR-1.33, 95%CI 1.14-1.56, P=0.0004).Conversely, patients undergoing early PCI experienced lower odds of bleeding than those receiving delayed PCI (OR-0.76, 95%CI 0.63-0.91, P = 0.0003). Conclusions: In NSTE-ACS patients early PCI doesn't reduce the odds of the composite endpoint of death or non-fatal MI at 30 day. This strategy is associated with lower odds of bleeding and higher odds of repeat revascularization at 30 days than a strategy of delayed PCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013



  • acute coronary syndrome
  • percutaneous coronary intervention
  • timing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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