Primary Stenting of the Superficial Femoral Artery in Patients with Intermittent Claudication Has Durable Effects on Health-Related Quality of Life at 24 Months: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Background: Intermittent claudication (IC) is commonly caused by lesions in the superficial femoral artery (SFA), yet invasive treatment is still controversial and longer term patient-reported outcomes are lacking. This prospective randomized trial assessed the 24-month impact of primary stenting with nitinol self-expanding stents compared to best medical treatment (BMT) alone in patients with stable IC due to SFA disease on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Methods: One hundred patients with stable IC due to SFA disease treated with BMT were randomized to either stent (n = 48) or control (n = 52) group. HRQoL assessed by Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) and EuroQoL 5-dimensions (EQ5D) 24 months after treatment were primary outcome measures. Walking Impairment Questionnaire, ankle–brachial index (ABI), and walking distance were secondary outcomes. Results: Significantly better SF-36 Physical Component Summary (P = 0.024) and physical domain scores such as Physical Function (P = 0.012), Bodily Pain (P = 0.002), General Health (P = 0.037), and EQ5D (P = 0.010) were reported in intergroup comparison between the stent and the control group. Both ABI (from 0.58 ± 0.11 to 0.85 ± 0.18; P < 0.001 in the stent group and from 0.63 ± 0.17 to 0.69 ± 0.18; P = 0.036 in the control group) and walking distance (from 170 ± 90 m to 616 ± 375 m; P < 0.001 in the stent group and from 209 ± 111 m to 331 ± 304 m; P = 0.006 in the control group) improved significantly in intragroup comparisons. Conclusions: In patients with IC caused by lesions in the SFA, primary stenting compared to BMT alone was associated with significant improvements in HRQoL, ABI, and walking distance durable up to 24 months of follow-up. Clinical Trial Registration Unique Identifier:NCT01230229


External organisations
  • Helsingborg Hospital
  • Spenshult Research and Development Center
  • Sahlgrenska Academy
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • Health-related quality of life, Intermittent claudication, Peripheral arterial disease, Primary stenting, Superficial femoral artery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-881
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun
Publication categoryResearch