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Efficacy of Intravenous Levosimendan in Patients with Heart Failure Complicated by Acute Myocardial Infarction.
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PMID:  24751462     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy of a short-term intravenous infusion of levosimendan in patients with heart failure due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods: This was a randomized, single-center, single-blind study that included 160 patients. Patients were randomly divided into 2 groups: 1 received levosimendan (n = 80) and the other received placebo (n = 80). The study included multiple primary end points (death, myocardial ischemia or worsening heart at the 6 month follow-up) and used a composite outcome. Results: The primary end point rate in the levosimendan group was lower than that in placebo group (43.7 vs. 62.5%, HR 0.636, 95% CI 0.413-0.981, p = 0.041). Moreover, the mortality rate at 6 months was similar between the 2 groups (17.5 vs. 22.5%, HR 0.786, 95% CI 0.382-1.543, p = 0.458). There was a higher incidence of myocardial ischemia in the levosimendan group at 14 days than in the placebo group (11.2 vs. 7.5%, HR 1.510, p = 0.435), but between 15 and 180 days, it was significantly lower in the levosimendan group than in the placebo group (3.8 vs. 13.8%, HR 0.261, p = 0.036). Conclusion: Short-term intravenous infusion of levosimendan appears to be more effective than placebo for treating patients with heart failure complicated by AMI. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Zhi Jia; Mu Guo; Yun-Qiang Zhang; Hai-Qing Liang; Li-Yuan Zhang; Yu Song
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cardiology     Volume:  128     ISSN:  1421-9751     ISO Abbreviation:  Cardiology     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1266406     Medline TA:  Cardiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  195-201     Citation Subset:  -    
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