Systematic review and meta-analysis of short-term outcomes with drug-coated balloons vs. stenting in acute myocardial infarction

Michael Megaly, Kevin G. Buda, Iosif Xenogiannis, Evangelia Vemmou, Ilias Nikolakopoulos, Marwan Saad, Stéphane Rinfret, J. Dawn Abbott, Herbert D. Aronow, Santiago Garcia, Ashish Pershad, M. Nicholas Burke, Emmanouil S. Brilakis

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The role of drug-coated balloons (DCBs) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remains controversial. We performed a meta-analysis of all published studies comparing the outcomes of DCBs vs. stenting in AMI patients. Four studies with 497 patients (534 lesions) were included (three randomized controlled trials and one observational study). During a mean follow-up of 9 months (range 6–12 months), DCBs were associated with similar risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (5% vs. 4.4%; OR 1.24, 95% CI: [0.34, 4.51], p = 0.74, I2 = 35%), all-cause mortality (0.02% vs. 0.04%; OR 077, 95% CI: [0.15, 3.91], p = 0.75, I2 = 25%), cardiac death (0.01% vs. 0.02%; OR 0.64, 95% CI: [0.16, 2.64], p = 0.54), myocardial infarction (0% vs. 1.4%; OR 0.18, 95% CI: [0.01, 3.56], p = 0.26), and target lesion revascularization (3.7% vs. 2%; OR 1.74, 95% CI: [0.42, 7.13], p = 0.44, I2 = 17%) compared with stenting. During a mean follow-up of 7 months (range 6–9 months), DCBs had similar late lumen loss compared with stenting (mean difference 0.04 mm, 95% CI [– 0.21–0.28], p = 0.77, I2 = 92%). In patients with AMI, there was no statistical difference in the incidence of clinical and angiographic outcomes between AMI patients treated with DCB and DES. Larger studies with longer-term follow-up are needed to assess the clinical utility of DCBs in this setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-489
Number of pages9
JournalCardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Drug-coated balloons
  • Drug-eluting balloons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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