Thrombus Aspiration in ST-Elevation myocardial infarction in Scandinavia (TASTE trial). A multicenter, prospective, randomized, controlled clinical registry trial based on the Swedish angiography and angioplasty registry (SCAAR) platform. Study design and rationale.
In ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), distal embolization of thrombus material often precludes restoration of normal coronary artery flow. Small-scaled studies have demonstrated that intracoronary thrombus aspiration improves flow and myocardial perfusion, but only one larger randomized single-center study has suggested a survival benefit. Thrombus aspiration is widely used in clinical practice and is recommended by international guidelines despite limited evidence.
The Thrombus Aspiration in ST-Elevation myocardial infarction in Scandinavia is a multicenter, prospective, randomized, controlled, clinical open-label trial based on the Swedish angiography and angioplasty registry (SCAAR) platform with blinded evaluation of end points. A total of 5,000 patients with STEMI undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) will randomly be assigned either to conventional PCI or to thrombus aspiration followed by PCI. SCAAR will be used as the platform for randomization, allowing a broad population of all-comers in the registry network to be enrolled. All follow-up will also be done in SCAAR and other national registries. The primary end point is time to all-cause death at 30 days.
The Thrombus Aspiration in ST-Elevation myocardial infarction in Scandinavia trial is the largest trial to date to evaluate the effect of thrombus aspiration on death following PCI in patients with STEMI. We propose the term randomized clinical registry trial to describe the novel entity of using an online national registry as platform for case records, randomization, and follow-up.