Previous studies comparing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with thrombolysis for treatment of myocardial infarction with ST-elevation have in meta-analyses but not in randomized trials shown that PCI is more effective. Despite a large volume of primary PCI performed in Sweden no controlled trials have been carried out. The present study included 96 patients with myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation treated with primary PCI 1995-1998. The main indications were shock (15 cases), contraindication to thrombolysis (24 cases), as an alternative to thrombolysis (57 cases), with a mortality in the respective groups of 67, 25 and 10 percent. Controls matched for age and infarct location and treated with thrombolysis could be identified for 55 of the patients treated with PCI. After four years 40 percent and 52 percent of the patients treated with PCI and thrombolysis respectively reached the combined endpoint of death/myocardial infarction/revascularization/angina pectoris (not significant). In conclusion, the study shows that primary PCI in patients with myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation can be performed safely also in Sweden.
Aim of the study was assessment of efficacy of rendering urgent aid to patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) at prehospital stage on the territory of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (KhMAO). The analysis showed that yearly about 5000 inhabitants of KhMAO-Yugra received prehospital medical care (30% because of acute myocardial infarction, 70% because of unstable angina). Over 3 years portion of persons requesting medical aid during first 3 hours after onset of pain attack increased 6.1%. Rate of prehospital fibrinolysis did not exceed 6.5%. Alteplase was used most often (79.7%). Late patient's appeal was among causes of rare application of thrombolytic therapy (41.8%). Most physicians responsible for prehospital care considered it necessary to refer patients with ACS directly to centers of interventional cardiology. The data obtained would promote improvement of quality of medical aid to ACS patients at prehospital stage.
To assess the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of catheter-directed thrombolysis in patients with atresia of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
From 2001 to 2009, 11 patients (median age, 32 y) with atresia of the IVC and acute iliofemoral DVT in 13 limbs were admitted for catheter-directed thrombolysis. Through a multiple-side hole catheter inserted in the popliteal vein, continuous pulse-spray infusion of tissue plasminogen activator and heparin was performed. Thrombolysis was terminated when all thrombus was resolved and venous outflow through the paravertebral collateral vessels was achieved. After thrombolysis, all patients received lifelong anticoagulation and compression stockings and were followed up at regular intervals.
Ultrasound or computed tomography revealed absence of the suprarenal segment of the IVC in two patients, and nine were diagnosed with absence of the infrarenal segment of the IVC. Median treatment time was 58 hours (range, 42-95 h). No deaths or serious complications occurred. Overall, complications were observed in four patients, one of whom required blood transfusion. Three patients were diagnosed with thrombophilia. Median follow-up was 37 months (range, 51 d to 96 mo). All patients had patent deep veins and one developed reflux in the popliteal fossa after 4 years. No thromboembolic recurrences were observed during follow-up.
Catheter-directed thrombolysis of patients with acute iliofemoral DVT and atresia of the IVC is a viable treatment option, as reasonable clinical outcomes can be obtained.
Data on long-term outcome after intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) in ischemic stroke are limited. We examined the risk of long-term mortality, recurrent ischemic stroke, and major bleeding, including intracranial and gastrointestinal bleeding, in intravenous tPA-treated patients when compared with intravenous tPA eligible but nontreated patients with ischemic stroke.
We conducted a register-based nationwide propensity score-matched follow-up study among patients with ischemic stroke in Denmark (2004-2011). Cox regression analysis was used to compute adjusted hazard ratios for all outcomes.
Among 4292 ischemic strokes (2146 intravenous tPA-treated and 2146 propensity score-matched nonintravenous tPA-treated patients), with a follow-up for a median of 1.4 years, treatment with intravenous tPA was associated with a lower risk of long-term mortality (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.66; 95% confidence interval, 0.49-0.88). The long-term risk of recurrent ischemic stroke (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.05; 95% confidence interval, 0.68-1.64) and major bleeding (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.59; 95% confidence interval, 0.24-1.47) did not differ significantly between the intravenous tPA-treated and nontreated patients.
Treatment with intravenous tPA in patients with ischemic stroke was associated with improved long-term survival.
Occluded coronary arteries should be opened urgently in patients who have acute myocardial infarction and ST-elevation in ECG. When transport times are long, thrombolytic treatment is a good alternative to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The purpose of this study was to assess choice of treatment strategy in cases where time after start of symptoms and transport time are decisive for the outcome.
A cohort study of 379 patients, who had myocardial infarction and ST-elevation, and were admitted to St. Olav's Hospital, Trondheim, Norway in the period 1.11.2007-31.1.2009.
268 patients (71 %) were treated with PCI, and 111 patients (29 %) with thrombolytic treatment. 173 patients (46 %) were transported by helicopter. The counties in Mid-Norway used markedly different treatment strategies for these patients.
Great regional differences were observed in the use of PCI and thrombolytic treatment in Mid-Norway.
Limited information is available on the effect of age on stroke management and care delivery. Our aim was to determine whether access to stroke care, delivery of health services, and clinical outcomes after stroke are affected by age.
This was a prospective cohort study of patients with acute ischemic stroke in the province of Ontario, Canada, admitted to stroke centers participating in the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network between July 1, 2003 and March 31, 2005. Primary outcomes were the following selected indicators of quality stroke care: (1) use of thrombolysis; (2) dysphagia screening; (3) admission to a stroke unit; (4) carotid imaging; (5) antithrombotic therapy; and (6) warfarin for atrial fibrillation at discharge. Secondary outcomes were risk-adjusted stroke fatality, discharge disposition, pneumonia, and length of hospital stay.
Among 3631 patients with ischemic stroke, 1219 (33.6%) were older than 80 years. There were no significant differences in stroke care delivery by age group. Stroke fatality increased with age, with a 30-day risk adjusted fatality of 7.1%, 6.5%, 8.8%, and 14.8% for those aged 59 or younger, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, and 80 years or older, respectively. Those aged older than 80 years had a longer length of hospitalization, increased risk of pneumonia, and higher disability at discharge compared to those younger than 80. This group was also less likely to be discharged home.
In the context of a province-wide coordinated stroke care system, stroke care delivery was similar across all age groups with the exception of slightly lower rates of investigations in the very elderly. Increasing age was associated with stroke severity and stroke case-fatality.
Recent guidelines have acknowledged that thrombolysis decreases mortality from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) independently of age. The purpose of this study was to determine the age-related rates of thrombolytic administration and in-hospital mortality and the variables related to the use of thrombolytic therapy for patients with AMI.
A prospective cohort analysis involved a registry of 44 acute care Quebec hospitals that enrolled 3741 patients with AMI between January 1995 and May 1996. The main outcomes of interest were crude and adjusted age-related in-hospital mortality rates and rates of use of thrombolytic therapy.
In-hospital mortality rates increased dramatically with age from 2.1% in patients with AMI who were less than 55 years of age to 26.3% in those who were 85 years of age or older. Overall, 35.8% of the patients received thrombolysis. There was a pronounced inverse gradient in the use of thrombolysis with age, ranging from 46.2% in the youngest age group ( or = 85 years). After adjustment for potential confounders, the older patients remained significantly less likely to receive thrombolytic therapy. Compared with patients who were less than 55 years of age, the odds ratio of receiving thrombolytic therapy was 0.68 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.52-0.89) for patients aged 65-74 years, 0.48 (95% CI 0.35-0.65) for patients aged 75-84 years and 0.13 (95% CI 0.06-0.26) for patients aged 85 years or more. Other variables related to thrombolytic therapy were diabetes (odds ratio [OR] 0.77, 95% CI 0.59-1.00), cerebrovascular disease (OR 0.46, 95% CI 0.30-0.72), angina (OR 0.73, 95% CI 0.56-0.95), typical chest pain (OR 2.56, 95% CI 1.88-3.47); ST elevation (OR 8.93, 95% CI 7.24-11.00), Q wave MI (OR 5.26, 95% CI 4.20-6.60) and increased length of time between onset of symptoms and arrival at hospital.
Age is an important independent predictor of in-hospital mortality and lower thrombolytic use following AMI. Other studies are required to further evaluate the appropriateness of thrombolytic therapy for elderly patients.
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Age-related differences in patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) have not been well characterized in prior observational studies that often included only certain age groups or subjects with myocardial infarction (MI).
We stratified 4627 patients admitted with an ACS across 9 provinces between 1999 and 2001 enrolled in the Canadian ACS Registry into 3 age groups ( or = 75 years) to evaluate differences in clinical characteristics, management, and 1-year outcome.
Older patients more frequently had previous angina, MI, or heart failure and were less likely to have positive cardiac markers, ST elevation, and Q-wave MI or to receive thrombolytics, beta-blockers, and cholesterol-lowering and antiplatelet agents in hospital, at discharge, and at 1 year. In multivariable analyses controlling for patient factors, every decade increase in age was independently associated with reduced use of coronary angiography (odds ratio [OR] 0.79, 95% CI 0.74-0.84, P