Outcomes of primary stenting for acute myocardial infarction.


Journal Article

Primary coronary stenting is being increasingly used in patients undergoing primary coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction. In this prospective study we analysed our experience of direct angioplasty in 76 patients with acute myocardial infarction of whom 65 received intracoronary stents using high pressure deployment (> or = 12 atm) with adjunctive aspirin and ticlopidine therapy but without coumadin. All patients underwent pre-discharge angiography. Stent implantation was successful in all patients. Stent thrombosis was not seen in any patient. However, TIMI grade 3 flow was obtained in only 58 (89.2%) patients with evidence of slow-flow present in the remaining seven patients. Pre-discharge angiograms showed no-stent thrombosis but five out of the seven (71%) patients with slow-flow phenomenon persisted to have slow-flow. These patients had lower left ventricular ejection fraction as compared to patients with TIMI 3 flow at pre-discharge angiography (27.5 +/- 10.2% vs 42.1 +/- 15.2%; p < 0.001) and a high mortality (2 out of 7) within 30 days. Primary stenting is safe and feasible in the majority of patients with good short-term outcome. But persistent slow-flow phenomenon with adverse clinical outcome is seen in a small but significant number of patients.

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Cited Authors

  • Kaul, U; Singh, B; Sudan, D; Sapra, R; Mittal, B; Dev Yadav, R; Ghose, T; Dixit, NS

Published Date

  • July 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 402 - 408

PubMed ID

  • 9835199

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9835199

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2213-3763

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0019-4832


  • eng