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Volume 32, Nº 2, March and April 2019


DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.5935/2359-4802.20180090


An Overview of Care Changes in the Last 6 Year in Primary PCI in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction in a Tertiary University Brazilian Hospital

Guilherme Pinheiro Machado

Fernando Pivatto Junior

Rodrigo Wainstein

Gustavo Neves de Araujo

Christian Kunde Carpes

Mateus Correa Lech

Felipe Homem Valle

Luiz Carlos Corsetti Bergoli

Sandro Cadaval Gonçalves

Marco Vugman Wainstein


Background: Although new studies and guidelines can be considered useful tools, it does not necessarily mean they are put into clinical practice.

Objective: The aim of the current analysis was to assess the changes in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and mortality in a tertiary university hospital in southern Brazil during a six-year period.

Methods: We have included consecutive patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary PCI between March 2011 and February 2017. Previous clinical history, characteristics of the procedure, and reperfusion strategies were collected. In-hospital, short and long-term mortalities were also evaluated. The significance level adopted for all tests was 5%.

Results: There was an increase in the use of radial access in patients from 20.0% in 2011 to 62.7% in 2016 (ptrend < 0.0001). Moreover, thrombus aspiration decreased significantly from 66.7% in 2011 to less than 3.0% in 2016 (ptrend < 0.0001). In-hospital, short and long-term mortalities remained reasonably stable from 2011 to 2016 (ptrend > 0.05). However, a lower in-hospital mortality was observed in patients treated through radial access (p < 0.001). Cardiogenic shock occurred in 11.1%, without statistical differences in the period (ptrend = 0.39), while long-term mortality rate decreased from 80.0% in 2011 to 27.3% in 2016 in this patient group (ptrend = 0.29).

Conclusions: During a 6-year follow-up period, primary PCI characteristics underwent important modifications. Radial access became widely used, with a decrease in mortality with the use of this route, while aspiration thrombectomy became a rare procedure. The incidence of cardiogenic shock remained stable, but has shown a reduction in its mortality. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2019;32(2)125-133)

Keywords: Mocardial Infarction/mortality; Percutaneous Coronary Intervention; Mortality; Shock, Cardiogenic.