One-Year Outcomes and Factors Associated With Mortality Following Acute Myocardial Infarction in Northern Tanzania.

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BACKGROUND: Little is known about long-term outcomes and uptake of secondary preventative therapies following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting with AMI (as defined by the Fourth Universal Definition of AMI Criteria) to a northern Tanzanian referral hospital were enrolled in this prospective observational study. Follow-up surveys assessing mortality, medication use, and rehospitalization were administered at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months following initial presentation, by telephone or in person. Multivariate logistic regression was performed to identify baseline clinical and sociodemographic factors associated with one-year mortality. RESULTS: Of 152 enrolled patients with AMI, 5 were lost to one-year follow-up (96.7% retention rate). Mortality rates were 34.9% (53 of 152 participants) during the initial hospitalization, 48.7% (73 of 150 patients) at 3 months, 52.7% (78 of 148 patients) at 6 months, 55.4% (82 of 148 patients) at 9 months, and 59.9% (88 of 147 patients) at one year. Of 59 patients surviving to one-year follow-up, 43 (72.9%) reported persistent anginal symptoms, 5 (8.5%) were taking an antiplatelet, 8 (13.6%) were taking an antihypertensive, 30 (50.8%) had been rehospitalized, and 7 (11.9%) had ever undergone cardiac catheterization. On multivariate analysis, one-year mortality was associated with lack of secondary education (odds ratio, 0.26 [95% CI, 0.11-0.58]; P=0.001), lower body mass index (odds ratio, 0.90 [95% CI, 0.82-0.98]; P=0.015), and higher initial troponin (odds ratio, 1.30 [95% CI, 1.05-1.80]; P=0.052). CONCLUSIONS: In northern Tanzania, AMI is associated with high all-cause one-year mortality and use of evidence-based secondary preventative therapies among AMI survivors is low. Interventions are needed to improve AMI care and outcomes.

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Cited Authors

  • Hertz, JT; Sakita, FM; Kweka, GL; Tarimo, TG; Goli, S; Prattipati, S; Bettger, JP; Thielman, NM; Bloomfield, GS

Published Date

  • April 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • e008528 -

PubMed ID

  • 35300504

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9018510

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-7705

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.121.008528


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States