Population-level incidence and outcomes of myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA): Insights from the Alberta contemporary acute coronary syndrome patients invasive treatment strategies (COAPT) study.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) is a known clinical conundrum with limited investigation. Using a large population-based cohort, we examined the incidence, demographic profile, use of evidence-based medicines (EBM) and clinical outcomes of MINOCA patients. METHODS: Patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of MI who underwent coronary angiography between 01/04/2002 and 31/03/2014 in Alberta, Canada, were included in the study. Comparisons were made between patients with MINOCA versus obstructive coronary disease (OCD). The primary composite endpoint was 1-year all-cause death or re-MI. RESULTS: Of 35,928 patients hospitalized with MI, 2092 (5.8%) had MINOCA. In-hospital mortality rate was 0.8% among MINOCA, and 2.7% among patients with OCD (p < 0.0001). At 6 months, cardiovascular EBM rates were significantly lower among MINOCA patients compared to OCD patients. One-year death/re-MI rate was 5.3% in MINOCA and 8.9% in patients with OCD (adjusted hazard ratio (AHR) 0.75, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.62-0.92, p < 0.0001). Five-year mortality rates were 10.9% in MINOCA and 16.0% in patients with OCD. Upon further stratification, 770 (36.8%) of MINOCA patients had no angiographic evidence of CAD (i.e. normal angiograms). EBM rates were even lower among these patients. One-year death/re-MI rate among these patients was 3.9% as compared to 6.1% among MINOCA patients with stenosis <50% (AHR 0.68, 95% CI 0.44-1.07, p = 0.028). CONCLUSIONS: The population-level incidence of MINOCA is approximately 5%. Despite their apparently benign anatomic findings, efforts must be made to improve secondary prevention strategies to reduce the burden of long-term adverse outcomes in this population.

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Cited Authors

  • Bainey, KR; Welsh, RC; Alemayehu, W; Westerhout, CM; Traboulsi, D; Anderson, T; Brass, N; Armstrong, PW; Kaul, P

Published Date

  • August 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 264 /

Start / End Page

  • 12 - 17

PubMed ID

  • 29655952

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29655952

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1874-1754

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.04.004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands