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Am J Cardiol. 2012 Jan 15;109(2):208-13. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2011.08.026. Epub 2011 Oct 12.

Comparison of five-year outcomes of patients with and without chronic total occlusion of noninfarct coronary artery after primary coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction.

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Third Department of Cardiology, Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases, Medical University of Silesia, Zabrze, Poland.


The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of concurrent chronic total occlusion (CTO) in a noninfarct-related artery (IRA) on the long-term prognosis in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and multivessel coronary disease. Of 1,658 consecutive patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, 666 with multivessel coronary disease who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention from 1999 to 2004 were included in the present analysis. The patients were divided into 2 groups: no CTO and CTO. The first group included 462 patients without CTO (69%) and the second group included 204 patients with CTO in a non-IRA (31%). The in-hospital mortality rate was 6.3% and 21.1% (p < 0.0001) and the 5-year mortality rate was 22.5% and 40.2% (p < 0.0001) for the no-CTO and CTO patients, respectively. Multivariate analysis revealed that after correction for baseline differences CTO in a non-IRA was a strong, independent predictor of 5-year mortality in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (hazard ratio 1.85; 95% confidence interval 1.35 to 2.53; p = 0.0001). In conclusion, the presence of CTO in a non-IRA in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and multivessel coronary disease is a strong and independent risk factor for greater 5-year mortality.

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