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Hellenic J Cardiol. 2013 Nov-Dec;54(6):422-8.

Effect of statin pretreatment on the outcome of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in patients without prior history of coronary artery disease.

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  • 1Cardiology Department, Sismanoglion Hospital, Athens, Greece.



Early statin treatment has beneficial effects on the prognosis after acute coronary syndromes. We investigated the impact of prior statin treatment on the outcome of patients without a prior history of coronary artery disease (CAD) who presented with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and were treated with thrombolysis.


The study enrolled 1032 consecutive patients who satisfied the above criteria. They were categorized into two groups, based on their prior statin treatment for at least 3 months before admission: the statin pretreatment group (n=124) and the statin-naïve group (n=908). All patients received high-dose statins during hospitalization and were prescribed statins after discharge. The primary outcome was the incidence of successful thrombolysis, as expressed by the percentage of patients with 50% ST-segment resolution and complete retrosternal pain resolution at 90 minutes. Secondary outcomes included reduction in high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and CK-MB levels, and in-hospital, short- and long-term cardiovascular mortality.


ST-segment resolution 50% was observed in 63.7% of the statin-pretreatment group and in 49.1% of statin-naïve patients (p<0.01). Statin pretreatment was associated with lower hs-CRP and peak CK-MB levels (p<0.001). The statin-pretreatment group had lower 30-day mortality (5.6% vs. 12.3%, p<0.05), whereas no significant differences were detected in in-hospital or 3-year mortality.


Prior statin treatment in patients without a history of CAD who present with STEMI is associated with successful thrombolysis, decreased systemic inflammation, a lesser degree of myocardial damage, and a possible reduction in short-term mortality.

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