Angiography After CABG Safer When Planned With CTCA
BOSTON – Coronary angiography in patients who have previously undergone cardiac artery bypass grafting (CABG) is challenging, but the procedure can be streamlined and made safer when preprocedural CT coronary angiography (CTCA) is performed to plan the intervention, according to a randomized controlled trial.
In this study, all three endpoints, including a reduction in the incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) and duration of the procedure, were met, according to Daniel Jones, MBBS, PhD.
Preprocedural CTCA was also associated with about a 40% improvement in patient satisfaction.
“When logistically possible, CTCA should be considered for any stable postbypass patient undergoing coronary angiography,” said Jones, who supported this assertion with data presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics annual meeting.
In this study, called BYPASS-CTCA, 688 patients with a prior CABG scheduled for invasive coronary angiography were randomized to a preprocedural CTCA or no preprocedural CTCA. Patients with stable angina and those with a non–ST elevated acute coronary syndrome were eligible. Those with ST-segment elevated MI or severe renal impairment (eGFR < 20 mL/min) were excluded.