Vein Graft Preservation Solutions, Patency, and Outcomes After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Follow-up From PREVENT IV Randomized Clinical Trail JAMA SURGERY Harskamp, R. E., Alexander, J. H., Schulte, P. J., Brophy, C. M., Mack, M. J., Peterson, E. D., Williams, J. B., Gibson, C. M., Califf, R. M., Kouchoukos, N. T., Harrington, R. A., Ferguson, T. B., Lopes, R. D. 2014; 149 (8): 798-805


In vitro and animal model data suggest that intraoperative preservation solutions may influence endothelial function and vein graft failure (VGF) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Clinical studies to validate these findings are lacking.To evaluate the effect of vein graft preservation solutions on VGF and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing CABG surgery.Data from the Project of Ex-Vivo Vein Graft Engineering via Transfection IV (PREVENT IV) study, a phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that enrolled 3014 patients at 107 US sites from August 1, 2002, through October 22, 2003, were used. Eligibility criteria for the trial included CABG surgery for coronary artery disease with at least 2 planned vein grafts.Preservation of vein grafts in saline, blood, or buffered saline solutions.One-year angiographic VGF and 5-year rates of death, myocardial infarction, and subsequent revascularization.Most patients had grafts preserved in saline (1339 [44.4%]), followed by blood (971 [32.2%]) and buffered saline (507 [16.8%]). Baseline characteristics were similar among groups. One-year VGF rates were much lower in the buffered saline group than in the saline group (patient-level odds ratio [OR], 0.59 [95% CI, 0.45-0.78; P?

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