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Jpn Heart J. 2004 Jan;45(1):11-21.

Effects of a beta-blocker on ventricular late potentials in patients with acute anterior myocardial infarction receiving successful thrombolytic therapy.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Pamukkale University School of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey.


Late potentials (LP) detected on the signal-averaged electrocardiogram (SAECG) predict arrhythmic events after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It is also well established that successful thrombolytic therapy reduces the incidence of LP. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of a beta-blocker on LP in patients receiving thrombolytic therapy. We studied 40 patients presenting with anteroseptal AMI (< 6 hours). All patients received thrombolytic therapy and were evaluated with coronary angiography at predischarge. Eighteen patients received metoprolol (5 mg IV on admission followed by 50 mg BID). SAECG recordings were obtained serially using an ART system (40-250 Hz filter, noise < 0.5 mV) prior to thrombolytic therapy, after 48 hours and after 10 days. LP was defined as posi-tive if the SAECG met at least 2 of the Gomes criteria. Changes observed in SAECG recordings after thrombolytic therapy were correlated with angiographic and clinical data with regard to the usage of BB. The frequencies of LP before and after thrombolytic therapy were compared with the McNemar test. There were no significant differences between the clinical characteristics, risk factors, and angiographic findings (including infarct related artery patency and LV functions) of the groups. Baseline SAECG findings were also similar between the groups. The incidence of LP significantly decreased after TT in the BB group, however, this change was not observed in patients who did not receive BB (P = 0.012, McNemar test). Beta-blockers reduce the incidence of LPs following thrombolytic therapy in patients with anterior AMI. This might be explained by the possible beneficial effect of BB on the arrhythmogenic substrate.

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