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Am J Cardiol. 2013 Jun 1;111(11):1576-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.01.326. Epub 2013 Mar 12.

Comparison of in-hospital outcomes with low-dose fibrinolytic therapy followed by urgent percutaneous coronary intervention versus percutaneous coronary intervention alone for treatment of ST-elevation myocardial infarction.

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Cardiology Division, University of Texas Health Science Center and Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute, Houston, TX, USA.


In patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a strategy of prehospital reduced dose fibrinolytic administration coupled with urgent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), termed FAST-PCI strategy, has been found to be superior to primary PCI (PPCI) alone. A coordinated STEMI system of care that includes FAST-PCI should offer better outcomes than a system in which prehospital diagnosis of STEMI is followed by PPCI alone. The aim of this study was to compare the in-hospital outcomes for patients treated with the FAST-PCI approach with outcomes for patients treated with the PPCI approach in a common system. The in-hospital data for 253 STEMI patients (March 2003-December 2009) treated with a FAST-PCI protocol were compared with 124 patients (January 2010-August 2011) treated with PPCI strategy alone. In-hospital mortality was the primary comparator. Stroke, major bleeding, and reinfarction during index hospitalization were also compared. The in-hospital mortality was significantly lower with FAST-PCI than with PPCI (2.77% vs 10.48%, p = 0.0017). Rates of stroke, reinfarction, and major bleeding were similar in the 2 groups. There was a lower frequency of pre-PCI Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 0 flow (no patency) seen in patients treated with FAST-PCI compared with the PPCI patients (26.7% vs 62.7%, p <0.0001). Earlier infarct artery patency in the FAST-PCI group had a favorable impact on the incidence of cardiogenic shock on hospital arrival (3.1% vs 20.9%, p <0.0001). In conclusion, compared with a PPCI strategy in a common STEMI system of care, the FAST-PCI strategy was associated with earlier infarct artery patency and lower incidence of cardiogenic shock, as well as with reduced in-hospital mortality.

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