Acute outcome of stent therapy for coarctation of the aorta: Results of the coarctation of the aorta stent trial

Richard E. Ringel, Julie Vincent, Kathy J. Jenkins, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Heidi Moses, Kimberly Lofgren, Kudret Usmani

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Objectives The coarctation of the aorta stent trial (COAST) is a pivotal trial of the NuMED Cheatham Platinum Stent® for treatment of coarctation of the aorta (CoA). Background CoA is a congenital obstruction to flow through the aorta. Stents have been used since the 1990s to treat CoA; none have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this indication. Methods In a prospective, multicenter study 105 patients received stents for treatment of CoA. Data was collected in the catheterization laboratory, on discharge and at 1-month postprocedure. Results Of 105 patients, 69% were male; 57% had native CoA. Noninvasive, baseline systolic blood pressure (SBP) showed upper extremity (UE) SBP to be 140 ± 16 mm Hg and UE to lower extremity (LE) SBP difference 29 ± 17 mm Hg. At catheterization, baseline ratio of minimum CoA diameter to diameter of descending aorta (CoA:DAo) was 0.46 ± 0.16. Implants (104/105) were successful with one stent migration. There were no deaths or serious complications. Paradoxical hypertension occurred in 6%. Four percent of patients experienced somewhat serious adverse events related to the procedure. All patients achieved relief of ascending aorta to Dao pressure gradient: mean = 2.0 ± 4.0 mm Hg (P < 0.001). The CoA:DAo increased to 0.84 ± 0.18. At 1-month, UE SBP was 120 ± 12 mm Hg, UE to LE SBP difference = -1 ± 12 mm Hg. Ninety-nine percent of patients had UE to LE SBP difference <20 mm Hg. Conclusions Stenting of CoA, using the NuMED Cheatham Platinum Stent, is acutely safe and effective for treatment of CoA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-510
Number of pages8
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • cardiac catheterization
  • congenital heart disease
  • hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Acute outcome of stent therapy for coarctation of the aorta: Results of the coarctation of the aorta stent trial'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this