Acute Coronary Syndromes Literature Summaries

THROMBOLYSIS

Fibrinolytic Therapy Trialists Group. Indications for fibrinolytic therapy in suspected AMI: collaborative overview of early mortality and major morbidity results from all randomised trials of more than 1000 patients. Lancet 1994; 343:311-322

  • meta-analysis
  • n = 58600 -> thrombolysis associated with excess deaths on day 0-1 -> survival benefit during days 2-35 -> give as soon as possble -> stroke risk = 4/1000 in first 24 hrs

Second International Study of Infarct Survival Collaborative Group. Randomised trial of intravenous streptokinase, oral aspirin, both or neither among 17,187 cases of suspected AMI: ISIS-2. Lancet 1998;2:349-360.

-> streptokinase & aspirin was additive in terms of reducing death and this benefit persisted with 10 yr follow up.

THROMBOLYSIS VS PCI

Andersen et al, A comparision of coronary angioplasty with fibrinolytic therapy in AMI, N Engl J Med 2003;349:733-742

  • RCT
  • n = 1572
  • STEMI’s
  • ateplase or angioplasty -> PCI superior to thrombolysis in terms of reinfarction but not mortality -> must transfer to cathlab within 2 hrs

Keeley EC, et al. Primary angioplasty vs IV thrombolytic therapy for AMI: a quantitative review of 23 randomised trials. Lancet 2003;361:13-20.

  • n = 7739
  • STEMI’s
  • PTCA vs thromolysis -> PTCA associated with a significant reduction in short-term mortality, non-fatal reinfarction and combinded end point of death, non-fatal reinfarction and stroke.

PCI

Morce MC, et al. A randomised comparison of a sirolimus-eluting stent with a standard stent for coronary revascularization. N Engl J Med 2002;346:1773-1780.

  • RCT
  • n = 238
  • uncoated vs sirolimus-eluting stents
  • single, primary lesions in native coronaries -> at 6 months significant reduction in neo-intimal proliferation and degree of stent stenosis -> at 1 yr there is a significant reduction in major cardiac events

Di Mario, C. et al (2008) “Immediate angioplasty versus standard therapy with rescue angioplasty after thrombolysis in the Combined Abciximab REtetplase Stent Study in Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARESS-in-AMI): an open, prospective, randomized, multicentre trial” Lancet 371:559-68

  • MRCT
  • open
  • n = 600
  • inclusion criteria: 90min or clinical deterioration
  • primary end points = death, reinfarction or refractory ischaemia @ 30 days -> immediate transfer for PCI improves outcome in high risk patients with STEMI -> no significant increase in major bleeding or strokes -> criticism: generalizability to our situation -> these patients are an incredibly few and high risk, primary outcome only significant when sub-groups combined not individually.

MEDICAL MANAGEMENT

The Epic Investigators. Use of a monoclonal antibody directed against the platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor in high-risk coronary angioplasty. N Engl J Med 1994; 330:956-961

  • RCT
  • n = 2099
  • abcixmab vs placebo
  • severe unstable angia, evolving acute MI or high risk plaque morphology -> significant reduction in death, non-fatal MI, unplanned repeat PCI & surgical revascularisation

First International Study of Infarct Survival Collarborative Group. Randomised trial of Intravenous atenolol 16, 027 cases of suspected AMI: ISIS-1. Lancet 1986; 2:57-66

  • RCT
  • n = 16,027
  • atenolol vs placebo -> atenolol group had significant reduction in mortality @ 1 yr

Magnesium in Coronaries (MAGIC) Trial Investigators. Early administration of IV Magnesium to high risk patients with AMI in the Magnesium in Coronaries Trial. Lancet 2002;360:1189-1196.

  • RCT
  • n = 6213
  • STEMI given Mg2+ or placebo -> no change in 30-day mortality

The Platelet Receptor Inhibition in Ischemic Syndrome Management in Patients Limited by Unstable Signs & Symptoms (PRISM-PLUS) Study Investigators. Inhibition of the platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor with tirofiban in unstable angina and non-Q wave MI. N Engl J Med 1998;338:1488-1497

  • RCT
  • n = 1915
  • groups aspirin + (1) tirofiban, (2) unfractionated heparin, (3) tirofiban + heparin -> tirofiban + heparin experienced lower incidence of death, MI or refractory ischaemia within 7 days -> no significant increase in bleeding compared to those receiving heparin

Petersen JL, et al. Efficacy and bleeding complications among patients randomized to enoxaparin or UFH for antithrombin therapy in non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndromes: a systematic review. JAMA 2004; 294:89-96.

  • systematic review -> enoxaparin is better than UFH in preventing combined end point of death or MI without an increase in bleeding.

Yusuf S, et al. The Clopidogrel in Unstable Angina to Prevent Recurrent Events Trial Investigators. Effects of clopidogrel in addition to aspirin in patients with ACS without ST-segment elevation. N Engl J Med 2001; 345:494-502.

  • RCT
  • n = 12,562
  • patients presenting with 12hr from onset of symptoms -> 20% relative reduction death, MI & stroke. -> significant increase in bleeding

References

  • Indications for fibrinolytic therapy in suspected acute myocardial infarction: collaborative overview of early mortality and major morbidity results from all randomised trials of more than 1000 patients. Fibrinolytic Therapy Trialists’ (FTT) Collaborative Group. Lancet. 1994 Feb 5;343(8893):311-22. [PMID 7905143]
  • Randomised trial of intravenous streptokinase, oral aspirin, both, or neither among 17,187 cases of suspected acute myocardial infarction: ISIS-2. ISIS-2 (Second International Study of Infarct Survival) Collaborative Group. Lancet. 1988 Aug 13;2(8607):349-60. [PMID 2899772]
  • Andersen HR et al. A comparison of coronary angioplasty with fibrinolytic therapy in acute myocardial infarction. N Engl J Med. 2003 Aug 21;349(8):733-42. [PMID 12930925]
  • Keeley EC, Boura JA, Grines CL. Primary angioplasty versus intravenous thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction: a quantitative review of 23 randomised trials. Lancet. 2003 Jan 4;361(9351):13-20. [PMID 12517460]
  • Morice MC et al. A randomized comparison of a sirolimus-eluting stent with a standard stent for coronaryrevascularization. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jun 6;346(23):1773-80. [PMID 12050336]
  • Di Mario C et al. Immediate angioplasty versus standard therapy with rescue angioplasty after thrombolysis in the Combined Abciximab REteplase Stent Study in Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARESS-in-AMI): an open, prospective, randomised, multicentre trial. Lancet. 2008 Feb 16;371(9612):559-68. [PMID 18280326]
  • EPIC Investigators. Use of a monoclonal antibody directed against the platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor in high-risk coronary angioplasty. N Engl J Med. 1994 Apr 7;330(14):956-61. [PMID 8121459]
  • Randomised trial of intravenous atenolol among 16 027 cases of suspected acute myocardial infarction: ISIS-1. First International Study of Infarct Survival Collaborative Group. Lancet. 1986 Jul 12;2(8498):57-66. [PMID 2873379]
  • Magnesium in Coronaries (MAGIC) Trial Investigators. Early administration of intravenous magnesium to high-risk patients with acute myocardial infarction in the Magnesium in Coronaries (MAGIC) Trial: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2002 Oct 19;360(9341):1189-96. [PMID 12401244]
  • (PRISM-PLUS) Study Investigators. Inhibition of the platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor with tirofiban in unstable angina and non-Q-wave myocardial infarction. N Engl J Med. 1998 May 21;338(21):1488-97. [PMID 9599103]
  • Petersen JL et al. Efficacy and bleeding complications among patients randomized to enoxaparin or unfractionated heparin for antithrombin therapy in non-ST-Segment elevation acute coronary syndromes: a systematic overview. JAMA. 2004 Jul 7;292(1):89-96. [PMID 15238596]
  • Yusuf S et al. Effects of clopidogrel in addition to aspirin in patients with acute coronary syndromes without ST-segment elevation. N Engl J Med. 2001 Aug 16;345(7):494-502. [PMID 11519503]

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Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health, a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, and the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Education Committee. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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