Gender and acute myocardial infarction: is there a different response to thrombolysis?

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

OBJECTIVES: This study sought to 1) determine the effect of gender on early and late infarct-related artery patency and reocclusion after thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction; 2) examine the effect of gender on left ventricular function in response to injury/reperfusion; and 3) assess the independent contribution of gender to early (30-day) mortality after acute myocardial infarction. BACKGROUND: Women have a higher mortality rate than men after myocardial infarction. However, the effect of gender on infarct-related coronary artery patency and left ventricular response to injury/reperfusion have not been fully defined in the thrombolytic era. METHODS: Patency rates and global and regional left ventricular function were determined in patients at 90 min and 5 to 7 days after thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction. The effect of gender on infarct-related artery patency and left ventricular function was determined. Thirty-day mortality differences between women and men were compared. RESULTS: Women were significantly older and had more hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, heart failure and shock. They were less likely to have had a previous myocardial infarction, history of smoking or previous bypass surgery. Ninety-minute patency rates (Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction [TIMI] flow grade 3) in women and men were 39% and 38%, respectively (p = 0.5). Reocclusion rates were 8.7% in women versus 5.1% in men (p = 0.14). Women had more recurrent ischemia than men (21.4% vs. 17.0%, respectively, p = 0.01). Ninety-minute ejection fraction and regional ventricular function were clinically similar in women and men with TIMI 2 or 3 flow (ejection fraction [mean +/- SD]: 63.4 +/- 6% vs. 59.4 +/- 0.7%, p = 0.02; number of chords: 21.4 +/- 0.9 vs. 21.0 +/- 1.9, p = 0.7; SD/chord: -2.4 +/- 08 vs. -2.4 +/- 0.2, p = 0.9, respectively). No clinically significant differences in left ventricular function were noted at 5- to 7-day follow-up. Women had a greater hyperkinetic response than men in the noninfarct zone (SD/chord: 2.4 +/- 0.2 vs. 1.7 +/- 0.1, p = 0.005). The 30-day mortality rate was 13.1% in women versus 4.8% in men (p < or = 0.0001). After adjustment for other clinical and angiographic variables, gender remained an independent determinant of 30-day mortality. CONCLUSIONS: Women do not differ significantly from men with regard to either early infarct-related artery patency rates or reocclusion after thrombolytic therapy or ventricular functional response to injury/reperfusion. Gender was an independent determinant of 30-day mortality after acute myocardial infarction.

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Cited Authors

  • Woodfield, SL; Lundergan, CF; Reiner, JS; Thompson, MA; Rohrbeck, SC; Deychak, Y; Smith, JO; Burton, JR; McCarthy, WF; Califf, RM; White, HD; Weaver, WD; Topol, EJ; Ross, AM

Published Date

  • January 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 42

PubMed ID

  • 8996292

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0735-1097

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0735-1097(96)00449-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States