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Effect of pre-infarction angina on ventricular late potentials in patients with acute myocardial infarction and successful thrombolysis.
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PMID:  12948034     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Pre-infarction angina is considered as a good clinical model of ischaemic preconditioning which facilitates myocardial protection. Late potentials (LP) have prognostic significance following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It is also well established that thrombolytic therapy reduces the incidence of LP. Our aim was to evaluate the relationship between pre-infarction angina and LP in patients receiving successful thrombolytic therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively studied 55 patients presenting with AMI (<6 hours). All patients received thrombolytic therapy and were evaluated with coronary angiography at predischarge. Signal-averaged recordings (SAECG) were obtained serially prior to thrombolysis, 48 hours after and 10 days later. Pre-infarction angina was present in 14 (25%) patients. There were no significant differences between the clinical characteristics and angiographic findings of the groups. Baseline SAECG parameters of the groups were also similar. After thrombolysis, the 48th hour values of LAS (the duration of the terminal low amplitude signals), and both the 10th day values of LAS and RMS (root mean square voltage of the last 40 ms of the QRS) were significantly better in the pre-infarction angina group. The mean filtered QRS duration and RMS 40 values changed significantly at the 10th day recordings of patients with pre-infarction angina [QRS duration, 110+/-34 ms before to 91+/-11 ms after (p = 0.039); RMS 40, 40+/-17 microV before to 50+/-14 microV after (p = 0.02)]. The incidence of LP significantly decreased after thrombolytic therapy in the pre-infarction angina group, however, this change was not observed in patients without angina. CONCLUSION: Presence of pre-infarction angina reduces the incidence of LP following thrombolysis in AMI. This might be explained by the possible beneficial effect of ischaemic preconditioning on the arrhythmogenic substrate.
Harun Evrengul; Meral Kayikcioglu; Levent Can; Serdar Payzin; Hakan Kultursay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cardiologica     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0001-5385     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cardiol     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-01     Completed Date:  2003-12-23     Revised Date:  2009-06-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370570     Medline TA:  Acta Cardiol     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  295-301     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ege University School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Izmir, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Action Potentials
Angina Pectoris / physiopathology*
Fibrinolytic Agents / therapeutic use
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / drug therapy,  physiopathology*
Prospective Studies
Risk Factors
Streptokinase / therapeutic use
Thrombolytic Therapy
Tissue Plasminogen Activator / therapeutic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fibrinolytic Agents; EC 3.4.-/Streptokinase; EC Plasminogen Activator

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