Early treatment with abciximab in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction results in a high rate of normal or near normal blood flow in the infarct related artery

Tim Tödt, Sofia Sederholm-Lawesson, Ulf Stenestrand, Joakim Alfredsson, Magnus Janzon, Eva Swahn
Acute Cardiac Care 2010, 12 (1): 10-7

UNLABELLED: There is debate whether early treatment with GpIIb/IIIa inhibitors is of clinical benefit in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This study explored the effects of early given abciximab on coronary blood flow and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients with STEMI treated with primary PCI and adjunctive abciximab. We studied all consecutive patients from our catchment area with STEMI undergoing acute angiography with the intention of primary PCI during 2005. Abciximab was given as early pre-treatment before, (n = 133) or at the cath. lab. after a diagnostic angiography (n = 109). Pre-procedural TIMI 2-3 flow was observed in 45.9 % of patients in the early group versus 20.2 % in the cath. lab. group, P = 0.0001. Mortality rates were 3.8 % versus 3.7% inhospital and 8.3 % versus 7.3% at one year in the early respectively the cath. lab. group, both P = NS. The MACE rate (death, non fatal myocardial infarction, unplanned revascularization) at one year was 19.5 % (early group) and 26.6 % (cath. lab. group), P = 0.19.

CONCLUSION: In this single centre registry study of unselected patients with STEMI early given abciximab was associated with a significantly higher rate of TIMI 2-3 flow compared to abciximab given after the acute angiography.

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