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Impact of infarct-related artery flow on QT dynamicity in patients undergoing direct percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction.
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PMID:  14662719     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Complete coronary artery reperfusion in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has been shown to significantly improve survival. Electrical stability may be the decisive mechanism for this beneficial effect. Because electrical stability is largely dependent on ventricular repolarization, we sought to determine the impact of a modern reperfusion strategy (ie, direct percutaneous coronary intervention [PCI]) on QT dynamicity in AMI and examined its association with infarct-related artery flow. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively investigated QT dynamicity in 128 patients undergoing direct PCI for a first AMI. Slopes and correlation coefficients of the linear QT/RR regression were determined in the time interval before reperfusion, within the initial hour after reperfusion, and within the remaining recording period from Holter ECG recordings, which were initiated on admission. Subgroup analysis based on TIMI 3 (n=100) and TIMI 2 (n=28) flow after PCI revealed no significant differences in QT/RR slope before PCI (0.145+/-0.12 versus 0.160+/-0.19,P=NS). After PCI, QT/RR slopes increased only in the TIMI 2 subgroup (P<0.05). In TIMI 2 patients, QT/RR slopes were significantly steeper in the hour after PCI and in the remaining recording period, respectively (0.155+/-0.12 versus 0.192+/-0.15,P<0.05, and 0.159+/-0.10 versus 0.210+/-0.17,P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Alterations of QT dynamicity in patients with incomplete reperfusion may suggest an altered electrical restitution, potentially providing a substrate for serious ventricular arrhythmias. Thus, our findings offer new insights into mechanisms by which complete reperfusion may affect electrical stability.
Hendrik Bonnemeier; Uwe K H Wiegand; Frank Bode; Franz Hartmann; Volkhard Kurowski; Hugo A Katus; Gert Richardt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2003-12-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Circulation     Volume:  108     ISSN:  1524-4539     ISO Abbreviation:  Circulation     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-16     Completed Date:  2004-01-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0147763     Medline TA:  Circulation     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2979-86     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Universität zu Lübeck, Medizinische Klinik II, Lübeck, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary*
Coronary Circulation
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*,  therapy*

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