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AIMS: This study investigated the differences in clinical outcomes between patients with bifurcation lesions (BL) treated with a biolimus-eluting stent (BES) with a biodegradable polymer, and a sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) with a durable polymer. METHODS AND RESULTS: The clinical outcomes were assessed in the 497 patients (BES 258, SES 239) enrolled in the multicentre, randomised LEADERS trial who underwent treatment of ≥1 BL (total=534 BL). At 12-months follow-up there was no significant difference in the primary endpoint of MACE, a composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction and clinically indicated target vessel revascularisation (BES 12.8% vs. SES 16.3%, p=0.31). Patients treated with BES had comparable rates of cardiac death (BES 2.7% vs. SES 2.9%, p=1.00), numerically higher rates of myocardial infarction (BES 8.9% vs. SES 5.4%, p=0.17), and significantly lower rates of clinically indicated target vessel revascularisation (4.3% vs. 11.3%, p=0.004) when compared to those treated with SES. The rate of stent thrombosis at 12-months was 4.3% and 3.8% for BES and SES, respectively (p=0.82). CONCLUSIONS: In the treatment of BL the use of BES lead to superior efficacy and comparable safety compared to SES.

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928 - 935


Absorbable Implants, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Aged, Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary, Coronary Artery Disease, Drug-Eluting Stents, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Kaplan-Meier Estimate, Male, Middle Aged, Myocardial Infarction, Polymers, Sirolimus, Treatment Outcome