Long-Term Prognostic Value of Myocardial Salvage Assessed by Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in Acute Reperfused Myocardial Infarction
OBJECTIVES: In acute myocardial infarction, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) allows for quantifying the extent of salvaged myocardium after reperfusion as a potential strong end point for clinical trials. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the early prognostic significance of myocardial salvage assessed by CMR is sustained at long-term clinical follow-up in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary angioplasty.
METHODS: analysed 208 consecutive patients with STEMI undergoing primary angioplasty
RESULTS: The median MSI was 48 (IQR 27 to 73). Long-term follow-up was available in 202 patients (97%) at a median of 18.5 months (IQR 13.8 to 20.8). Major adverse cardiovascular events occurred in 33 patients (16%), with a significantly lower event rate in the MSI ≥ median group (7 vs 26 events, p
CONCLUSIONS: MSI assessed by CMR predicts long-term clinical outcome in acute reperfused STEMI. Therefore, our data support the use of myocardial salvage as an end point for clinical trials investigating novel reperfusion strategies.
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