Baseline bleeding risk and arterial access site practice in relation to procedural outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention

Mamas A. Mamas, Simon G. Anderson, Matthew Carr, Karim Ratib, Iain Buchan, Alex Sirker, Douglas G. Fraser, David Hildick-Smith, Mark de Belder, Peter F. Ludman, James Nolan

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Background: Transradial access (TRA) has been associated with reduced access site–related bleeding complications and mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). It is unclear, however, whether these observed benefits are influenced by baseline bleeding risk.
Objectives: This study investigated the relationship between baseline bleeding risk, TRA utilization, and procedure-related outcomes in patients undergoing PCI enrolled in the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society database.
Methods: Baseline bleeding risk was calculated by using modified Mehran bleeding risk scores in 348,689 PCI procedures performed between 2006 and 2011. Four categories for bleeding risk were defined for the modified Mehran risk score (MMRS): low (<10), moderate (10 to 14), high (15 to 19), and very high (≥20). The impact of baseline bleeding risk on 30-day mortality and its relationship with access site were studied.
Results: TRA was independently associated with a 35% reduction in 30-day mortality risk (odds ratio [OR]: 0.65 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.59 to 0.72]; p < 0.0001), with the magnitude of mortality reduction related to baseline bleeding risk (MMRS <10, OR: 0.73 [95% CI: 0.62 to 0.86]; MMRS ≥20, OR: 0.53 [95% CI: 0.47 to 0.61]). In patients with an MMRS <10, TRA was used in 71,771 (43.2%) of 166,083 PCI procedures; TRA was used in 8,655 (40.1%) of 21,559 PCI procedures in patients with an MMRS ≥20, illustrating that TRA was used less in those at highest risk from bleeding complications (p < 0.0001).
Conclusions: TRA was independently associated with reduced 30-day mortality, and the magnitude of this effect was related to baseline bleeding risk; those at highest risk of bleeding complications gained the greatest benefit from adoption of TRA during PCI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1554-1564
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican College of Cardiology. Journal
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2014


  • Mehran risk score
  • access site
  • bleeding risk
  • femoral
  • outcomes
  • radial
  • transfemoral
  • transradial


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