We recently showed that the ACC/AHA coronary lesion classification could be simplified with no loss of predictive value (SCAI I = patent/non-C; SCAI II = patent/C; SCAI III = occluded/non-C; SCAI IV = occluded/C). We now test this system in a database reflecting current stent usage. Data from 14,133 patients with single-native-vessel interventions recorded in the Society for Coronary Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Registry from July 1996 to July 1999 were analyzed. Stents were used in 60.2% of procedures. Logistic models predicting angiographic success suggested a slight, clinically insignificant preference for the SCAI classification (c-statistic = 0.692 vs. 0.670). Models using clinical variables to predict major complications were superior to models using only lesion classification. Lesion characteristics were related to outcomes primarily in elective (not acute myocardial infarction) patients. In the current PCI device era, the simpler SCAI classification using 7 variables predicted interventional success and complications as well as or better than the ACC/AHA system requiring 26.
- Cardiac catheterization
- Coronary angioplasty