Aims: The aim of the current study was to investigate the frequency and mechanisms of sequential incomplete stent apposition (ISA) changes such as persistent, resolved or newly acquired ISA during the first three days after primary PCI (pPCI) in a matched segment-level analysis, with the comparison between self-expanding and balloon-expandable stents assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods and results: The current analysis is a substudy of the APPOSITION II study that included 69 patients (self-expanding: 35, balloon-expandable: 34) using serial optical coherence tomography (OCT) post procedure and three days after pPCI. In order to evaluate a temporal change in ISA, stented regions were segmented using fiduciary landmarks. In a total of 228 corresponding segments, persistent and newly acquired ISA were less frequently observed in self-expanding stents than in balloon-expandable stents (11.5% vs. 33.9%, p<0.01, 2.7% vs. 14.8%, p<0.01, respectively). New appearances of ISA were caused by tissue resorption, vasorelaxation and "early" recoil in balloon-expandable stents, and only tissue resorption in self-expanding stents. Conclusions: Three days after pPCI, tissue resorption and vasorelaxation were biological factors associated with new appearance of ISA while "early" recoil of balloon-expandable stents was a mechanical factor. Both persistent ISA and newly acquired ISA occurred less frequently in self-expanding stents, resulting in a low number of ISA segments compared to balloon-expandable stents. Clinical Trials Registration Information: Randomised Comparison Between the STENTYS Self-expanding Coronary Stent and a Balloon-expandable Stent in Acute Myocardial Infarction (APPOSITION II). Identifier: NCT01008085.

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