The 2-year clinical outcomes according to pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grade and reperfusion timing were investigated in patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) who received newer-generation drug-eluting stents. A total of 7506 NSTEMI patients were divided into 2 groups: early (PCI ≤ 24 hours: n = 6398; pre-PCI TIMI 0/1 [n = 2729], pre-PCI TIMI 2/3 [n = 3669]) and delayed (PCI > 24 hours: n = 1108; pre-PCI TIMI 0/1 [n = 428], pre-PCI TIMI 2/3 [n = 680]) invasive groups. Major adverse cardiac events were defined as all-cause death, recurrent myocardial infarction, or any repeat revascularization. All-cause death (P = 0.005 and 0.009, respectively) and cardiac death (P =.003 and 0.046, respectively) were significantly higher in pre-PCI TIMI 0/1 patients than in pre-PCI TIMI 2/3 patients both in the early and delayed invasive groups. In pre-PCI TIMI 0/1 patients, all-cause death rate was significantly higher in the delayed group (P =.023). In pre-PCI TIMI 2/3 patients, the clinical end point was similar between the 2 groups. An early invasive strategy is preferred to a delayed invasive strategy in reducing all-cause death in patients with pre-PCI TIMI 0/1. However, in patients with pre-PCI TIMI 2/3, both treatment strategies are acceptable.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine