Background: The Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy Versus Stenting Trial (CREST) is a multicenter randomized trial of stenting versus endarterectomy in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic carotid disease. This study assesses management of vascular risk factors.
Methods and results: Management was provided by the patient's physician, with biannual monitoring results collected by the local site. Therapeutic targets were low-density lipoprotein, cholesterol <100 mg/dL, systolic blood pressure <140 mm Hg, fasting blood glucose <126 mg/dL, and nonsmoking status. Optimal control was defined as achieving all 4 goals concurrently. Generalized estimating equations were used to compare risk factors at baseline with those observed in scheduled follow-up visits for up to 48 months. In the analysis cohort of 2210, significant improvements in risk-factor control were observed across risk factors for all follow-up visits compared with baseline. At 48 months, achievement of the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goal improved from 59.1% to 73.6% (P<0.001), achievement of the systolic blood pressure goal improved from 51.6% to 65.1% (P<0.001), achievement of the glucose goal improved from 74.9% to 80.7% (P=0.0101), and nonsmoking improved from 74.4% to 80.9% (P<0.0001). The percentage with optimal risk-factor control also improved significantly, from 16.7% to 36.2% (P<0.001), but nearly 2 of 3 study participants did not achieve optimal control during the study.
Conclusions: Site-based risk-factor control improved significantly in the first 6 months and over the long term in CREST but was often suboptimal. Intensive medical management should be considered for future trials of carotid revascularization.
Clinical trial registration url: ClinicalTrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00004732.
Keywords: carotid stenosis; clinical trials; revascularization; risk factors; stroke.
© 2014 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.