Association between serial measures of systemic blood pressure and early coronary arterial perfusion status following intravenous thrombolytic therapy

Journal Article

Background: Systemic hypotension, at times transient while in other instances more prolonged, is common among patients with myocardial infarction (MI). It also is a characteristic feature for patients experiencing either advanced congestive heart failure or cardiogenic shock. In this group of patients, thrombolytic therapy has failed to exert a favorable impact on their high in-hospital mortality. Although it has been postulated that the success of thrombolytic therapy is directly linked to systemic blood pressure, there is little information available in human subjects. Methods and Results: In a University of Massachusetts Thrombolysis Data Bank Study, 127 patients with MI who were given intravenous thrombolytic therapy (tPA or streptokinase) within 6 hours from symptom onset (4.2 ± 1.5 hours) had serial systemic blood pressure measurements (at the time of hospital arrival, treatment initiation, and every 30 minutes during the thrombolytic infusion) and underwent coronary angiography within 120 minutes of treatment initiation. All patients received intravenous heparin and oral aspirin. By univariate analysis, disastolic blood pressure below 80 mmHg at the time of treatment initiation was associated with a reduced angiographic coronary perfusion grade [Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) flow grade; p=0.02]. A correlation analysis of tPA-treated patients indicated that a greater maximum change in diastolic blood pressure during treatment correlated inversely with coronary perfusion (r = .24, p < 0.05). By multivariate regression analysis, however, only shorter time to treatment (p=0.001) and thrombolysis with tPA (p=0.02) were independent predictors of coronary arterial perfusion grade. Conclusion: Systemic blood pressure (and presumably proximal coronary arterial perfusion pressure) in the ranges investigated in this study is not an independent predictor of coronary reperfusion following intravenous thrombolytic therapy with either tPA or streptokinase. It seems likely, therefore, that properties intrinsic to the ruptured plaque and occlusive thrombus, and potentially the local metabolic environment, either alone or acting synergistically with perfusion pressure, are determinants of thrombolytic success. Further investigation of factors influencing the efficacy of thrombolysis should be undertaken. © 1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sabol, MB; Luippold, RS; Hebert, J; Ball, SP; Corrao, JM; Becker, RC

Published Date

  • 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 79 - 84

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0929-5305

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF01062000