The effect of intravenous vitamin C infusion on periprocedural myocardial injury for patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention

Zhi Jian Wang, Wen Kun Hu, Yu Yang Liu, Dong Mei Shi, Wan Jun Cheng, Yong He Guo, Qing Yang, Ying Xin Zhao, Yu Jie Zhou
Canadian Journal of Cardiology 2014, 30 (1): 96-101

BACKGROUND: This small study has determined the effect of vitamin C on myocardial reperfusion in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This study was to explore whether antioxidant vitamin C infusion before the procedure is able to affect the incidence of periprocedural myocardial injury (PMI) in patients undergoing PCI.

METHODS: In this prospective single-centre randomized study, 532 patients were randomized into 2 groups: the vitamin C group, which received a 3-g vitamin C infusion within 6 hours before PCI, and a control group, which received normal saline. The primary end point was the troponin I-defined PMI, and the second end point was the creatine kinase (CK)-MB-defined PMI. Separate analyses using both end points were performed. PMI was defined as an elevation of cardiac biomarker values (CK-MB or troponin I) > 5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN), alone or associated with chest pain or ST-segment or T-wave changes.

RESULTS: After PCI, the incidence of PMI was reduced, whether defined by troponin or by CK-MB, compared with the control group (troponin I, 10.9% vs 18.4%; P = 0.016; CK-MB, 4.2% vs 8.6%; P = 0.035). Logistic multivariate analysis showed that preprocedure use of vitamin C is an independent predictor of PMI either defined by troponin I (odds ratio [OR], 0.56; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.33-0.97; P = 0.037) or by CK-MB (OR, 0.37; 95% CI, 0.14-0.99; P = 0.048).

CONCLUSIONS: In patients undergoing elective PCI, preprocedure intravenous treatment with vitamin C is associated with less myocardial injury.

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