Prediction of Prolonged Hemodynamic Instability During Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting

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Neurointervention. 2016;11(2):120-126
Publication date (electronic) : 2016 September 03
doi : https://doi.org/10.5469/neuroint.2016.11.2.120
1Department of Neurosurgery, Jeju National University College of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
2Department of Neurosurgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.
3Department of Neurology, Konkuk University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
4Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
5Department of Neurosurgery, Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Bundang, Korea.
6Department of Neurosurgery, Catholic University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
Correspondence to: Jin Pyeong Jeon, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, 77 Sakju-ro, Chuncheon 200-704, Korea. Tel. 82.33.240.5171, Fax. 82.33.240.9970, jjs6553@daum.net
Received 2016 August 24; Accepted 2016 August 25.

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study was to assess the risk factors of prolonged hemodynamic instability (HDI) after carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS). Herein, a simplified predictive scoring system for prolonged HDI is proposed.

Materials and Methods

Sixty-six patients who had CAS from 2011 to 2016 at a single institution were evaluated. Prolonged HDI was defined as systolic blood pressure >160 mm Hg or <90 mm Hg or heart rate <50 beats/min, lasting over 30 minutes despite medical treatments. For the study, clinical data and radiologic data, including plaque morphology and stenosis were analyzed.

Results

Prolonged HDI was observed in 21 patients (31.8%). Multivariable analysis revealed that calcification (OR, 6.726; p=0.006), eccentric stenosis (OR, 3.645; p=0.047) and extensive plaque distribution (OR, 7.169; p=0.006) were related to prolonged HDI. According to these results, a simplified scoring scale was proposed based on the summation of points: 2 points for calcified plaque, 2 points for extensive plaque distribution, and 1 point for eccentric stenosis. The percentages of prolonged HDI according to the total score were as follows: score 0, 8.7%; score 1, 20.0%; score 2, 38.5%; score 3, 72.7%; score 4, 66.7%; score 5, 100%. From the analysis, the total score in patients with prolonged HDI was significantly higher than those without prolonged HDI (p<0.001).

Conclusion

Prolonged HDI can be associated with calcification of plaque, eccentric stenosis and extensive plaque distribution, and a simplified scoring system enables prediction of prolonged HDI according to our cohort.

Carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS) has been widely performed due to its less invasive nature and simplicity compared to carotid endarterectomy (CEA) [123]. During CAS, however, hemodynamic instability (HDI) of hypertension, hypotension or bradycardia can happen due to manipulation near the carotid sinus and adventitial baroreceptors.

The frequency of HDI has been reported to occur in up to 42.4% of cases [4]. Qureshi et al. [5] also categorized the post-procedural rates of HDI: 22.4% hypotension, 27.5% bradycardia and 38.8% hypertension. Risk factors of HDI have been well described; however, most results have not considered the duration of HDI. Recovery from transient changes in HDI can be adequately done by immediate cardiac pacing or medical treatments. Accordingly, more emphasis should be placed on resolving prolonged HDI due to a higher probability of neurologic complications. The goal of this study was to investigate the risk factors of prolonged HDI, focusing on plaque and stenosis characteristics. In addition, we introduced a predictive scoring system for prolonged HDI after CAS.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Patient Sample

This retrospective analysis was performed in patients who underwent CAS from 2011 to August 2016 at a single institution. A total of 72 patients underwent CAS during this period. After excluding 5 cases, which were done under emergent situations, and one case, which was lost to follow-up, 66 patients were included in this study. Clinical data such as sex, age, hypertension (HTN), diabetes mellitus (DM), coronary artery disease (CAD), coagulopathy, and the presence of symptoms were reviewed. Radiologic data were reviewed concerning calcification, distribution, ulceration, stenosis degree, and contralateral occlusion. Carotid plaque calcif ication was referred to as a structure with a density greater than 130 Hounsfield unit within the vessel wall that was hyperdense to the contrast-enhanced lumen and surrounding parenchyma on axial carotid CT [6]. Plaque distributions were assessed on the lateral projection image of digital subtraction angiography. Plaque located from CCA (common carotid artery) to ICA (internal carotid artery) within 5 mm in length from both sides of bifurcation was defined as being an extensive plaque [7]. Maximal stenosis was measured by the NASCET [8] method. Stenotic types were divided into two groups, eccentric and concentric, based on symmetry on axial images of CTA or Dyna-CT, according to previous reports (eccentric vs. concentric) [479]. Prolonged HDI was defined as systolic blood pressure >160 mm Hg [5] or <90 mm Hg or heart rate <50 beats/min [10] lasting over 30 minutes, [7] despite adequate treatments such as administration of fluid or a vasopressor. Patients who did not have a hemodynamic change or had transient HDI were regarded as patients without prolonged HDI. Bradycardia was treated immediately by a transcutaneous temporary cardiac pacemaker [11]. Atropine (0.25 mg) was infused intravenously and was repeated if necessary. Hypotension was treated by fluid replacement and dopamine with a starting dose of 5 µg/kg/min. Intravenous labetalol, hydralazine or nicardipine was infused for hypertension. Radiologic data were recorded by two qualified endovascular neurosurgeons and discrepancies were reevaluated by a third reader. This study was approved by the institutional review board (IRB) of the medical center (No 2015-30).

Protocol of CAS

CAS was performed according to previously reported protocols [7]. Before the procedure, every patient had taken oral aspirin (100 mg) and clopidogrel (75 mg) for more than 7 days. All procedures were conducted under local anesthesia through a trans-femoral approach with an elective schedule. Each patient had a percutaneous cardiac pacing patch, which was set at 50 bpm/20 mA in order to control bradycardia [11]. The electrocardiogram, BP, and blood oxygen saturation were continuously monitored. After a 6-F guiding sheath was introduced, 3000 units of heparin were administered through an intravenous route. During the procedure, the heparin-mixed fluid was injected (1000 units of heparin in 1-L sodium chloride solution) continuously in order to flush the catheter. After a roadmap was established, a cerebral protection device [Spider FX (ev3 Endovascular, Inc., Plymouth, MN, USA) or FilterWire EZ (Boston Scientific Corporation, Natick, MA, USA)] was placed, distal to the stenotic lesion. An Amiia or Aviator balloon catheter (Cordis Corporation, Miami, FL, USA) was used for pre-stent dilatation at nominal atmosphere (ATM) in cases for which dilatation was needed. A PRECISE-RX (Cordis Corporation) or PROTÉGÉ(ev3 Endovascular, Inc.) stent was applied at the stenotic segment. Post-stent balloon dilatations were used, if necessary. Every angiogram was conducted using the Artis zee Biplane system (SIEMENS Corp., Berlin, Germany). After the procedure, patients were closely monitored at the intensive care unit for 24 hours.

Statistical Analysis

Continuous data are presented as the mean ± standard deviation (SD). Chi-square or Fisher's exact test, and independent t-test were used for categorical and continuous data, respectively. Univariate analysis for relevant factors of prolonged HDI was conducted. Then the risk factors for prolonged HDI were determined with a binary logistic regression model with p < 0.1. A new simplified scoring system was derived from variables showing significant association with prolonged HDI in the multivariable analyses. A Mann-Whitney U-test was conducted to compare the unpaired continuous data. P-values less than 0.05 were regarded as statistically significant. Statistics were performed with SPSS (version 18; IBM Corporation, Chicago, IL, USA).

RESULTS

A total 66 patients were included in this analysis. The mean age of the patients was 69.2±9.9 years and 56 (84.8%) of the patients were male. Thirty-four patients (51.5%) had stenosis on the left side. Symptomatic lesion was observed in 57 patients (86.4%). Regarding plaque characteristics, 18 cases (27.3%) showed calcification and 14 cases (21.2%) had ulceration. Contralateral occlusion was noted in 12 patients (18.2%). In 14 cases (21.2%), extensive plaque was observed.

Risk factors of prolonged HDI

Prolonged HDI was observed in 21 patients (31.8%). Hypotension occurred in 11 patients (16.7%), bradycardia in 7 patients (10.6%), and hypertension in 5 patients (7.6%). For patients with prolonged HDI, two cases (9.5%) of symptomatic ischemic insults and one case (4.8%) of seizure were observed. The remaining patients without prolonged HDI, two patients (4.4%), complained of transient ischemic symptoms, such as verbal fluency and motor weakness. There was no hemorrhagic event in our series. A univariate analysis showed that calcification (p =0.011) and extensive plaque distribution (p=0.003) were associated with prolonged HDI. Eccentric stenosis was more noted in prolonged HDI, but was not statistically significant (p=0.067). Other variables such as ulceration (p=0.724), symptomatic lesion (p=0.506), lesion side (p=0.336) and contralateral occlusion (p=0.901) did not have statistical significance (Table 1). Multivariate analysis revealed that calcif ication (OR, 6.726; p=0.006), eccentric stenosis (OR, 3.645; p=0.047) and extensive plaque distribution (OR, 7.169; p=0.006) were related to prolonged HDI (Table 2).

Risk Factor Analysis of Prolonged Hemodynamic Instability (HDI) During Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting (n=66)

Multivariate Analysis for Risk Factors of Prolonged Hemodynamic Instability

A simplified scoring system for prolonged HDI

A new simplified predictive scoring system was developed to estimate prolonged HDI in patients with multiple risk factors. After obtaining the relevant factors of calcif ication, eccentric stenosis, and extensive plaque distribution by multivariate analysis, a simplified risk score was established. Calcified plaque was defined as 2 points, and without calcification as 0 points. Extensive plaque distribution was defined as 2 points and a proximal or distal plaque as 0 points. Eccentric stenosis was defined as 1 point, and concentric stenosis as 0 points (Table 3). The proportion of prolonged HDI development according to the total scores was as follows: 8.7% for a score of 0 in 23 patients; 20.0% for a score of 1 in 15 patients; 38.5% for s score of 2 in 13 patients; 72.7% for a score of 3 in 11 patients; 66.7% for a score of 4 in 3 patients; and 100% for a score of 5 in one patient (Fig. 1). The total score in patients with prolonged HDI (2.4±1.3) was significantly higher than those without prolonged HDI (0.9±1.1) (p<0.001) (Fig. 2).

A New Predictive Scoring System for Prolonged Hemodynamic Instability after Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting

Fig. 1

Probability of prolonged hemodynamic instability in our cohort stratified by risk score.

Fig. 2

Graph demonstrating statistical difference in risk scores between two groups, with or without prolonged hemodynamic instability, after carotid angioplasty and stenting. The total score in patients with prolonged HDI (2.4±1.3) is significantly higher than those without prolonged HDI (0.9±1.1) (p< 0.001).

DISCUSSION

HDI can develop though activation of adventitial baroreceptors located in the carotid sinus [1213]. Baroreceptors are stretch receptors providing short-term regulation of abrupt hemodynamic change. The receptors activity is regulated by arterial pressure. When deploying a stent or an inflating balloon, impulse from the activated baroreceptors lead to the activation of nerve fibers to the nucleus tracts solitaries through the glossopharyngeal nerve and stimulate parasympathetic activation. Parasympathetic regulation of the cardiac nodes results in a lowering of heartbeat and peripheral resistance [5]. Although baroreceptors have a short-lasting effect, prolonged HDI can occur due to prolonged sinus activation and predominant sympathetic activity after the procedures. Prolonged HDI can result in serious complications including acute cerebral infarction, intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), myocardial infarctions, and renal failure [1415]. Accordingly, hemodynamic stabilization is important during and after interventional procedures, especially for patients at a high risk for HDI.

HDI has been reported to be associated with female gender [5], old age [16], symptomatic lesion, stenotic lesion near the carotid bulb, posterior carotid plaque, ulcerated atherosclerotic plaque, calcif ied plaque, contralateral occlusion, a previous history of CEA and general anesthesia [1718192021]. However, most results from previous studies have focused on risk factors of HDI development itself, without considering HDI-holding time. Transient hemodynamic changes can be treated well by medical treatments without complications. Accordingly, studies on preventing prolonged HDI could be more important than those on transient HDI.

An eccentric type of stenosis and calcif ication at carotid bifurcation has been reported to be associated with prolonged hypotension that lasts over 3 hours [4]. Baroreceptor activation is affected by the rate of pressure change as well as its degree. Calcification and eccentric location of plaque may lead to uneven pressure which is transmitted to arterial walls through increased inflation rate, in particular to arterial walls where the plaque is not located [47]. Our result also showed that prolonged HDI was related to the existence of eccentric stenosis (OR, 3.645; p=0.047) and calcified plaque (OR, 6.726; p=0.006). In this study, we defined extensive plaque as atherosclerotic carotid plaque, which was located in CCA to ICA within 5 mm in length from both sides of bifurcation [7]. Although baroreceptors are often observed in the proximal ICA just above the carotid bifurcation, baroreceptors are also found in the distal CCA, near the carotid bifurcation [72223]. Nevertheless, the presence of inclusion of stenotic lesions in the carotid bulb has been the focus. Our result showed that extensive plaque located from CCA to carotid bulb was associated with prolonged HDI (OR: 7.169; p=0.006).

ICH develops ranging from 0.63% to 2.69% in incidence after CAS and is related to signif icant mortality and morbidity [2425] Many researchers have thought that cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (HFS) can be related to ICH after the procedures [2425]. Post-procedural hypertension and decreased cerebrovascular reserve capacity can result in HFS [26]. Qureshi et al. [5] reported that the rate of hypertension over 160 mmHg was noted in 38.8% of cases after CAS. We also experienced a 7.6% (5 out of 66) rate of hypertension. Xu et al. [24] reported that the mean time of ICH diagnosis was 6.1±7.1 hours after the procedures. Accordingly, strict blood pressure control until improved cerebral autoregulation is necessary in the peri-operative period. Nevertheless, the optimal time for strict blood pressure control remains unclear due to differences in impaired vascular reserve capacity among patients. In addition, ischemic changes due to decreased cerebral blood flow lead to severe brain damage. Therefore, further imaging studies to find the reserve capacity and autoregulation in maintaining blood pressure control are required [24].

Stent cell design can be related to procedural outcomes due to different radial forces and properties of plaque stabilization. Bosiers et al. [27] reported that post-procedural complication rates are observed frequently in patients who undergo open cell types and with larger free cell area. The authors thought that small free cell area dense meshes are beneficial to stabilization after CAS [2728]. The open-cell stents yielded high flexibility and adaptability to the arterial wall, which allowed particle penetration through the open struts [29]. We used PRECISE-RX or PROTÉGÉ stents. Although risk of neurologic complications, such as stroke and mortality, did not differ significantly according to stent types (closed versus open-cell design) [28], risk factor analyses of prolonged HDI with regard to the stent design are further needed.

Many patients have multiple risk factors for HDI during clinical procedures. In our cohort, 15 patients (22.7%) had multiple risk factors of prolonged HDI. In such cases, counseling patients with future development of hemodynamic change can be diff icult. Therefore, we created a new simplified scoring scale for predicting the prolonged HDI. The proportion of prolonged HDI according to risk score was as follows: 8.7% for a score of 0 in 23 patients; 20.0% for a score of 1 in 15 patients; 38.5% for a score of 2 in 13 patients; 72.7% for a score of 3 in 11 patients; 66.7% for a score of 4 in 3 patients; and 100% for a score of 5 in one patient. Accordingly, patients at a high risk for prolonged HDI need a treatment strategy, such as avoidance of sudden activation of baroreceptors [7]. In such cases, suboptimal expansion without post-stent balloon expansion [30] and preventive therapies to increase circulating volume can be beneficial [7].

For this study, concerns remain about the possibility of selection bias due to its retrospective nature and having been conducted at a single institution. Also, the scoring system that was proposed was base on a single-center experience with 66 subjects. Accordingly, external validation is necessary in prospective multi-center studies to confirm our results.

In conclusion, prolonged HDI can be associated with calcification of plaque, eccentric stenosis and extensive plaque distribution. A simplif ied scoring system enables prediction of prolonged HDI in our cohort. External validation through prospective multi-center observational studies is required to confirm our results.

Acknowledgement

This study was supported by a grant from Korean Society of Interventional Neuroradiology. We would like to thank Sung-Eun Kim for her help with the data collection and statistical support.

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Fig. 1

Probability of prolonged hemodynamic instability in our cohort stratified by risk score.

Fig. 2

Graph demonstrating statistical difference in risk scores between two groups, with or without prolonged hemodynamic instability, after carotid angioplasty and stenting. The total score in patients with prolonged HDI (2.4±1.3) is significantly higher than those without prolonged HDI (0.9±1.1) (p< 0.001).

Table 1

Risk Factor Analysis of Prolonged Hemodynamic Instability (HDI) During Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting (n=66)

Variables Without prolonged HDI (n=45) Prolonged HDI (n=21) Univariable analysis
p-value
Male 39 (86.7%) 17 (81.0%) 0.546
Age, years 67.9±11.0 72.1±6.3 0.103
HTN 29 (64.4%) 16 (76.2%) 0.340
DM 16 (35.6%) 10 (47.6%) 0.350
CAD 6 (13.3%) 2 (9.5%) 0.659
Hyperlipidemia 6 (13.3%) 1 (4.8%) 0.416
Contralateral occlusion 8 (17.8%) 4 (19.0%) 0.901
Side of lesion (Lt.) 25 (55.6%) 9 (42.9%) 0.336
Maximal stenosis (%) 81.4±9.3 79.8±12.9 0.565
Symptomaticity 38 (84.4%) 19 (90.5%) 0.506
Calcification 8 (17.8%) 10 (47.6%) 0.011
Ulceration 9 (20.0%) 5 (23.8%) 0.724
Eccentric stenosis 15 (33.3%) 12 (57.1%) 0.067
Extensive plaque 5 (11.1%) 9 (42.9%) 0.003
Balloon time (sec) 21.4±8.8 14.2±8.0 0.266
Balloon size (mm) 4.3±0.5 4.2±0.4 0.239
Balloon length (mm) 28.9±6.5 28.1±4.0 0.608
Stent size (mm) 7.3±1.2 7.0±1.3 0.268
Stent length (mm) 46.9±10.0 43.8±8.0 0.220
Maximal ATM 9.5±3.4 10.0±2.3 0.513

ATM, Atmosphere; HTN, Hypertension

OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval

*P < .05 is significant.

Table 2

Multivariate Analysis for Risk Factors of Prolonged Hemodynamic Instability

Variables Odds ratio 95% CI p-value
Calcification 6.726 1.725-26.219 0.006*
Eccentric stenosis 3.645 1.017-13.072 0.047*
Extensive plaque 7.169 1.741-29.520 0.006*

OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval

*P < .05 is significant.

Table 3

A New Predictive Scoring System for Prolonged Hemodynamic Instability after Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting

Variables Points Description
Plaque morphology 2 Calcification
0 Without calcification
Plaque distribution 2 Extensive location
0 Proximal or distal location
Type of stenosis 1 Eccentric features
0 Concentric features
Total score 0-5