Symptoms of Disturbed Sleep Predict Major Adverse Cardiac Events After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Nisha M. Fernandes, Lynne E. Nield, Najla Popel, Warren J. Cantor, Sylvain Plante, Lorne Goldman, Manu Prabhakar, Cedric Manlhiot, Brian W. McCrindle, Steven E.S. Miner

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Background: Disturbed sleep is associated with atherosclerosis in native coronary arteries and may be associated with adverse cardiac events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We sought to determine the association between symptoms of disturbed sleep and adverse cardiovascular events after PCI. Methods: Outpatients who were stable after successful PCI were assessed for symptoms of disturbed sleep with 10 true/false questions. Follow-up was performed at least 4 years after PCI. The primary outcome was a composite of death, myocardial infarction (MI), and repeated revascularization. Results: Three hundred eighty-eight patients (mean age, 66 ± 11 years) reported on average 3.1 ± 2.1 sleep disturbance symptoms. Follow-up was performed on average 4.4 years after the incident PCI. The primary outcome occurred in 25% of patients. An association was seen between the number of sleep disturbance symptoms and the occurrence of the primary end point. Patients with zero symptoms had a 4-year event rate of 12% compared with a 67% event rate for those with 9 symptoms. On multivariable analysis, sleep symptoms, diabetes mellitus, and the number of diseased coronary vessels were independently associated with the primary end point. Each additional sleep symptom was associated with a hazard ratio (HR) of 1.2 (P= 0.001). The results were driven primarily by the association between symptoms of disturbed sleep and the need for repeated revascularization (repeated PCI HR, 1.9; P= 0.003; coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) HR, 1.5; P= 0.001). Conclusions: Symptoms of disturbed sleep were associated with increased risk of long-term adverse cardiovascular outcomes after successful PCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-124
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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