Bivalirudin in patients undergoing primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction (HORIZONS-AMI): 1-year results of a randomised controlled trial

Roxana Mehran, Alexandra J. Lansky, Bernhard Witzenbichler, Giulio Guagliumi, Jan Z. Peruga, Bruce R. Brodie, Dariusz Dudek, Ran Kornowski, Franz Hartmann, Bernard J. Gersh, Stuart J. Pocock, S. Chiu Wong, Eugenia Nikolsky, Louise Gambone, Lynn Vandertie, Helen Parise, George D. Dangas, Gregg W. Stone

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Background: In the HORIZONS-AMI trial, patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) who were treated with the thrombin inhibitor bivalirudin had substantially lower 30-day rates of major haemorrhagic complications and net adverse clinical events than did patients assigned to heparin plus a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor (GPI). Here, we assess whether these initial benefits were maintained at 1 year of follow-up. Methods: Patients aged 18 years or older were eligible for enrolment in this multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial if they had STEMI, presented within 12 h after the onset of symptoms, and were undergoing primary PCI. 3602 eligible patients were randomly assigned by interactive voice response system in a 1:1 ratio to receive bivalirudin (0·75 mg/kg intravenous bolus followed by 1·75 mg/kg per h infusion; n=1800) or heparin plus a GPI (control; 60 IU/kg intravenous bolus followed by boluses with target activated clotting time 200-250 s; n=1802). The two primary trial endpoints were major bleeding and net adverse clinical events (NACE; consisting of major bleeding or composite major adverse cardiovascular events [MACE; death, reinfarction, target vessel revascularisation for ischaemia, or stroke]). This prespecified analysis reports data for the 1-year follow-up. Analysis was by intention to treat. Patients with missing data were censored at the time of withdrawal from the study or at last follow-up. This trial is registered with, number NCT00433966. Findings: 1-year data were available for 1696 patients in the bivalirudin group and 1702 patients in the control group. Reasons for participant dropout were loss to follow-up and withdrawal of consent. The rate of NACE was lower in the bivalirudin group than in the control group (15·6% vs 18·3%, hazard ratio [HR] 0·83, 95% CI 0·71-0·97, p=0·022), as a result of a lower rate of major bleeding in the bivalirudin group (5·8% vs 9·2%, HR 0·61, 0·48-0·78, p<0·0001). The rate of MACE was similar between groups (11·9% vs 11·9%, HR 1·00, 0·82-1·21, p=0·98). The 1-year rates of cardiac mortality (2·1% vs 3·8%, HR 0·57, 0·38-0·84, p=0·005) and all-cause mortality (3·5% vs 4·8%, HR 0·71, 0·51-0·98, p=0·037) were lower in the bivalirudin group than in the control group. Interpretation: In patients with STEMI undergoing primary PCI, anticoagulation with bivalirudin reduced the rates of net adverse clinical events and major bleeding at 1 year compared with treatment with heparin plus a GPI. This finding has important clinical implications for the selection of optimum treatment strategies for patients with STEMI. Funding: Cardiovascular Research Foundation, with unrestricted grant support from Boston Scientific Corporation and The Medicines Company.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1149-1159
Number of pages11
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number9696
StatePublished - 9 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


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