Coronary stent restenosis in patients treated with cilostazol

BACKGROUND: Restenosis after implantation of coronary artery stents remains a significant clinical problem. We undertook a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to determine whether cilostazol, a drug that suppresses intimal proliferation, would reduce renarrowing in patients after stent implantation in native coronary arteries. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assigned 705 patients who had successful coronary stent implantation to receive, in addition to aspirin, cilostazol 100 mg BID or placebo for 6 months; clopidogrel 75 mg daily was administered to all patients for 30 days. Restenosis was determined by quantitative coronary angiography at 6 months. The minimal luminal diameter at 6 months for cilostazol-treated patients was 1.77 mm for the analysis segment (stent plus 5-mm borders) compared with 1.62 mm in the placebo group (P=0.01). Restenosis, defined as > or =50% narrowing, occurred in 22.0% of patients in the cilostazol group and in 34.5% of the placebo group (P=0.002), a 36% relative risk reduction. Restenosis was significantly lower in cilostazol-treated diabetics (17.7% versus 37.7%, P=0.01) and in those with small vessels (23.6% versus 35.2%, P=0.02), long lesions (29.9% versus 46.6%, P=0.04), and left anterior descending coronary artery site (19.3% versus 39.8%, P=0.001). There was no difference in bleeding, rehospitalization, target-vessel revascularization, myocardial infarction, or death. CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with the drug cilostazol resulted in a significantly larger minimal luminal diameter and a significantly lower binary restenosis rate compared with placebo-treated patients. These favorable effects were apparent in patients at high risk for restenosis.

Journal Ref. Douglas JS, Jr., Holmes DR, Jr., Kereiakes DJ, Grines CL, Block E, Ghazzal ZM, Morris DC, Liberman H, Parker K, Jurkovitz C, et al: Coronary stent restenosis in patients treated with cilostazol. Circulation 2005, 112:2826-2832.
Intervention Drug - cilostazol 100 mg BID for 6 months
Number of sites 19
Countries involved North America, USA and Canada
Sample size 705
Type of statistical analyses Intention-to-treat
Risk of bias Overall: Unclear details
Participant characteristics Age: 60±10
Condition: Narrowing in patients after stent implantation
Baseline severity: Successful coronary stent implantation
Duration of trial 18 months: November 2001 and April 2003
Primary outcome minimal luminal diameter of the first lesion
Effect Measures
Events Intervention Total Events Control Total Risk Diff.
19 354 19 351 -0.05%
Matched on MACE for effect measure calculation, P=0.89
Show Score Ranges


(shows median if more than one score was entered)

Elig. Recr. Setting Org. Int. Flex. Del. Flex. Adherence Follow-Up Prim. Out. Prim. An.
1 4 3 5 5 5 2 1 2