Heart, Lung and Circulation

The Impact of Pre-Procedural Renal Impairment on Outcomes Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: An Analysis of 45,287 Patients From the British Columbia Cardiac Registry

Published:March 14, 2022DOI:


      Renal disease confers a strong independent risk for morbidity and mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We evaluated the relationship between baseline pre-procedural renal function and outcomes following PCI.


      We examined 45,287 patients who underwent PCI in British Columbia. We evaluated all-cause mortality and target vessel revascularisation (TVR) at 2 years. Pre-procedural renal impairment was categorised by creatinine clearance (CrCl, mL/min): CrCl≥90 (n=14,876), 90>CrCl≥60 (n=10,219), 60>CrCl≥30 (n=14,876), 30>CrCl≥0 (n=2,594) and dialysis (n=579).


      Declining CrCl values less than 60 mL/min were progressively associated with greater mortality: 60>eGFR≥30 (HR=2.01, 95% CI 1.71–2.37, p<0.001); 30>eGFR≥0 (HR=4.10, 95% CI 3.39–4.95, p<0.001); and dialysis (HR=6.22, 95% CI 5.07–7.63, p<0.001). A reduction in eGFR was not associated with TVR in non-dialysis patients. However, dialysis was a strong independent predictor for TVR (HR=1.69, 95% CI 1.37–2.08, p<0.001). This was confirmed in propensity-matched analyses where, dialysis was strongly associated with TVR (HR=1.53, 95% CI 1.24–1.89, p<0.001). This association was consistently seen in stratified analyses for diabetic versus non-diabetic patients; stent length >30 mm versus <30 mm; stent diameter >3 mm versus <3 mm; and receipt of bare metal stents versus drug-eluting stents.


      This study indicates the association with declining renal function and mortality in patients undergoing PCI. Whilst renal disease was not associated with increased TVR in non-dialysis patients, dialysis-dependence was a strong independent predictor for increased TVR.


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