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Myocardial surgical revascularization after streptokinase treatment for acute myocardial infarction.
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PMID:  3871237     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eighty-six patients admitted with evolving myocardial infarction within 6 hours of symptom onset were treated with streptokinase. Thirty-nine received intracoronary streptokinase, and 47 received intravenous streptokinase. There were no streptokinase-related complications. Twenty-three patients treated with intracoronary streptokinase and 28 patients receiving intravenous streptokinase underwent coronary artery bypass grafting. On admission, 16 patients receiving intracoronary streptokinase had electrocardiographic evidence of anterolateral evolving myocardial infarction and seven had evidence of inferior evolving myocardial infarction. Time from first symptom to intracoronary streptokinase was 4.4 +/- 1.6 hours. In seven patients, intracoronary streptokinase failed to open the obstructed coronary. All developed severe left ventricular hypokinesia in the area supplied by that coronary artery. In spite of recanalization, nine of 14 patients developed severe hypokinesia in the supplied area, and one an apical aneurysm. Four patients developed mild to moderate hypokinesia, and one had no left ventricular damage. On admission, 14 patients receiving intravenous streptokinase had electrocardiographic evidence of anterolateral evolving myocardial infarction and four had evidence of inferior evolving myocardial infarction. Time from first symptom to intravenous streptokinase was 3.2 +/- 1.5 hours. In seven patients, intravenous streptokinase failed to open the coronary, and all developed severe hypokinesia of the supplied area, with formation of apical left ventricular aneurysm in three. In 21 patients, intravenous streptokinase opened the artery. Eighteen angiographies performed 9.6 +/- 7.9 days after therapy showed a normal left ventricle in eight patients, moderate hypokinesia in seven, and severe hypokinesia in three. Time from first symptom to therapy was shorter in the patients receiving intravenous therapy (p less than 0.01). Coronary artery bypass grafting and four resections after left ventricular aneurysm were performed without operative death. Two patients receiving intracoronary therapy died in the hospital, and one died 2 months later from arrhythmias. Freedom from angina and rehabilitation (New York Heart Association Class I) were achieved in 69.5% of patients receiving intracoronary streptokinase and in 75% of patients receiving intravenous streptokinase. Thus streptokinase-induced thrombolysis salvages myocardium, and the intravenous route seems as effective as the intracoronary. Advantages of the former are earlier administration that might increase myocardial salvage, no invasive procedure, and lesser cost.
J G Losman; R N Finchum; D Nagle; G C Dacumos; C R Jones; A S Wilensky; R G Martin; M T Bailey; D R Kahn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0022-5223     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  1985 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-02-11     Completed Date:  1985-02-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376343     Medline TA:  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-34     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Bypass
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Catheterization
Heart Ventricles / physiopathology
Infusions, Intra-Arterial
Infusions, Parenteral
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / drug therapy*,  physiopathology,  surgery
Myocardial Revascularization*
Streptokinase / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Stroke Volume
Reg. No./Substance:
EC 3.4.-/Streptokinase

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