Sustained Benefit at 2 Years for Covered Stents Versus Bare-Metal Stents in Long SFA Lesions: The VIASTAR Trial



The hypothesis that covered stents are superior to bare-metal stents (BMS) in long femoropopliteal artery disease was tested. The one-year results of the VIASTAR trial revealed a patency benefit of covered stents in the treatment-per-protocol (TPP) analysis only.


A prospective, randomized, single-blind, multicenter study evaluated 141 patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) after treatment with heparin-bonded covered stents (VIABAHN® Endoprosthesis) or BMS. Clinical outcomes and patency rates were assessed at 1, 6, 12, and 24 months. Mean lesion length was 19.0 ± 6.3 cm in the VIABAHN® versus 17.3 ± 6.6 cm in the BMS group.


The 24-month primary patency rates in the VIABAHN® and BMS group were: intention-to-treat 63.1 (95 % CI 0.52–0.76) versus 41.2 % (95 % CI 0.29–0.57; log rank p = 0.04) and TPP 69.4 (95 % CI 0.58–0.83) versus 40.0 % (95 % CI 0.28–0.56; log rank p = 0.004). Freedom from target-lesion-revascularization (TLR) was 79.4 (95 % CI 0.70–0.90) versus 73.0 % (95 % CI 0.63–0.85) for VIABAHN® versus BMS (log rank p = 0.37). For the TPP group in lesions ≥20 cm, the 24-month patency rates were 65.2 (95 % CI 0.50–0.85) versus 26.7 % (95 % CI 0.12–0.59; log rank p = 0.004) for VIABAHN® versus BMS, and freedom from TLR was 80.0 (95 % CI 0.68–0.94) versus 61.9 % (95 % CI 0.44–0.87; log rank p = 0.13). The ankle brachial index was 0.89 ± 0.18 versus 0.91 ± 0.17 (p = 0.76) at 24-month in the VIABAHN® versus the BMS group, respectively.


At 24-month, this trial in PAD patients with long femoropopliteal lesions demonstrated a significantly improved primary patency rate for heparin-bonded covered stents compared to BMS, however, without a significant impact on clinical outcomes and TLR rate (Reg. Nr. ISRCTN48164244).

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We thank Mrs. Johanna Moyses, research coordinator at Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Medical University Vienna, for the data management; WL Gore for the grant for CorLab review of the CDUS studies; the Medical University Vienna for monitoring by the Clinical Coordination Center KKS.

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Dr. Lammer reports grant to the institution for CDUS CorLab analysis from WL Gore, during the conduct of the study; personal fees from Abbott, Boston Scientific, and Gore, outside the submitted work; Dr. Zeller reports grants and personal fees from Gore, during the conduct of the study; Dr. Schaefer reports personal fees from Gore, Jotec, and Covidien outside the submitted work; Dr. Funovics reports personal fees from Gore Medical outside the submitted work; Dr. Hausegger, Dr. Gschwendtner, Dr. Mueller-Huelsbeck, Dr. Rand, Dr. Wolf, Dr. Rastan, Dr. Gschwandtner, Dr. Puchner, Dr. Beschorner, Dr. Ristl, and Dr. Schoder have nothing to disclose.

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Lammer, J., Zeller, T., Hausegger, K.A. et al. Sustained Benefit at 2 Years for Covered Stents Versus Bare-Metal Stents in Long SFA Lesions: The VIASTAR Trial. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 38, 25–32 (2015).

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  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Femoropopliteal
  • Stent
  • Stentgraft