TCT Connect 2020: Disrupt CAD III meets safety and effectiveness endpoints


Shockwave Medical has announced that the coronary Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study—Disrupt CAD III— for the use of intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) for the management of heavily calcified coronary arteries, met the primary safety and effectiveness endpoints. The results were presented earlier in a late-breaking clinical session at TCT Connect 2020 (14 – 18 October, virtual) and published simultaneously in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).

Disrupt CAD III is a prospective, multicentre, single-arm, global IDE study investigating the Shockwave Coronary IVL System in de novo, calcified, stenotic, coronary arteries prior to stenting. The study enrolled 384 patients at 47 sites in the USA, France, Germany, and the UK, including 100 patients in an optical coherence tomography (OCT) sub-study. All data were core-lab adjudicated.

CAD III represents one of the most challenging series of calcified lesions ever treated in an IDE, with all lesions determined by the core lab to be severely calcified, Shockwave Medical said in a press release. The average calcium lesion length was 47.9mm, and the average calcium arc was 292.5 degrees with a thickness of 0.96mm at the site of maximum calcification as measured by OCT.

“The correlation between calcium severity and poor percutaneous coronary intervention outcomes is well established and is a challenge we face on a daily basis in the cath lab. Given the severity of lesion and vessel calcium that was present in CAD III, it makes the findings of the study even more significant and noteworthy,” said Dean Kereiakes (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA), the co-principal investigator of Disrupt CAD III. “The high rate of procedural success, combined with the low rate of major adverse cardiovascular events in CAD III, not only met the performance goals, but it also surpassed our expectations as investigators.”

Disrupt CAD III was based on a predicate study—the single-arm ORBIT II IDE study of orbital atherectomy—to develop performance goals that would allow the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of IVL in a single arm study. Coronary IVL met both the safety and effectiveness goals in Disrupt CAD III with a 30-day freedom from MACE rate of 92.2 percent (p<0.0001) and a procedural success rate of 92.4 percent (p<0.0001), respectively.

Coronary IVL prior to stent implantation was well tolerated with a low rate of major peri-procedural clinical and angiographic complications. The individual components of the 7.8% MACE rate included low rates of cardiac death (0.5%), myocardial infarction (7.3%), and target vessel revascularization (1.6%) at 30 days following the index procedure.

Freedom from any serious angiographic complication following IVL delivery and at any point during the procedure were 97.4% and 96.9%, respectively. Coronary IVL showed a low risk of complications, including perforation (0.3%), major dissection (0.3%), abrupt closure (0.3%), and slow flow/no reflow (0%) at the end of the procedure.

CAD III demonstrated the effectiveness of coronary IVL in treating calcium with large lumen gains that facilitated stent delivery. On the primary effectiveness endpoint of procedural success (92.4%), the individual endpoints included successful stent delivery in 99.2% of patients, a residual stenosis of less than 50% in all cases, and no in-hospital MACE in 93% of patients.

Despite the marked severity of the calcified lesions treated, IVL was able to cross and deliver therapy in 98.2% of lesions (377/384), which reflected successful stent delivery 99.2% of the time. At the end of the procedure post-stent, IVL resulted in an average acute gain of 1.7mm and an average final in-stent residual stenosis of 11.9%.

“The presentation and publication of the CAD III study is not only a significant milestone for the investigators and the company, but also for the interventional cardiology community at large,” said Keith Dawkins, chief medical officer of Shockwave Medical. “CAD III sets a new benchmark for the treatment of complex coronary calcification. I want to commend the many physicians and their clinical coordinators for their diligent work in evaluating this novel technology.”


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