Sex-Specific Outcomes Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Versus Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting for Left Main Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Jennifer Y. Zhou, Emilia Nan Tie, Danny Liew, Stephen J. Duffy, James Shaw, Antony Walton, William Chan, Dion Stub

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Objective: To assess whether outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) versus coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) for left main coronary artery (LMCA) disease differ between men and women. Background: Current guidelines recommend either PCI or CABG for patients with unprotected LMCA disease and low-to-intermediate anatomical complexity. However, it is unclear whether these guidelines apply to women, who are underrepresented in clinical trials. Methods: An electronic search was performed to identify studies reporting sex-specific outcomes after PCI versus CABG in patients with LMCA disease. Trial level hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were pooled by random-effects modelling. Results: Eight (8) studies met inclusion criteria, comprising 13,066 patients (24.3% women). In both sexes, there was no difference between PCI and CABG with respect to the primary composite endpoint of death, myocardial infarction or stroke (HR in women: 1.03, 95% CI 0.76–1.40; HR in men: 1.04, 95% CI 0.92–1.17). However, both sexes were more likely to require repeat revascularisation after PCI. There was no interaction between sex and treatment effect for the primary composite endpoint nor for the individual outcomes of death, stroke and repeat revascularisation. However, in women the risk of myocardial infarction was higher after PCI compared with CABG (HR 1.84, 95% CI 1.06–3.18), with a trend toward the opposite in men (HR 0.78, 95% CI 0.54–1.13; p-interaction=0.01). Conclusion: Percutaneous coronary intervention and CABG have a comparable risk of the composite outcome of death, stroke or myocardial infarction in patients undergoing revascularisation for LMCA disease, with no significant interaction between sex and treatment effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-665
Number of pages8
JournalHeart Lung and Circulation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Left main coronary artery
  • Meta-analysis
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Sex-specific outcomes

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