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      Prognostic Value of Ischemia Monitoring with On-Line Vectorcardiography in Patients with Unstable Coronary Artery Disease

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          Aim: The aim of this study was to determine whether on-line vectorcardiography (VCG) gives independent prognostic information, regarding death, myocardial infarction (MI), and revascularization in patients with unstable coronary artery disease, i.e. unstable angina or non-Q-wave MI. Methods and Results: One hundred and fifty patients (mean age 69 ± 10), participating in a randomized study of low-molecular-weight heparin in unstable coronary artery disease, were studied with on-line VCG recordings for 24 h. During a 5–6-month follow-up, 11 patients died, 14 suffered a nonfatal MI and 31 were revascularized. Univariate predictors of death were diabetes mellitus (p < 0.01), maximum ST vector magnitude (ST-VM; p < 0.001), maximum ST change vector magnitude (STC-VM; p < 0.001), number of ST-VM (p < 0.01) and STC-VM episodes (p < 0.001). In multivariate analysis, the number of STC-VM episodes (p < 0.01) and diabetes mellitus (p < 0.02) each gave independent prognostic information regarding death. When all cardiovascular events were combined, the inhability to perform an exercise test (p < 0.05), maximum value of ST-VM (p < 0.01) and STC-VM (p < 0.001), the number of episodes of STC-VM (p < 0.001) and ST-VM (p < 0.001) all gave prognostic information. In multivariate analysis, the inability to perform an exercise test and the number of STC-VM episodes were independent predictors. Conclusion: VCG monitoring during the first 24 h of hospitalization for unstable coronary artery disease gives independent prognostic information.

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          In patients with acute coronary syndromes, it is desirable to identify a sensitive serum marker that is closely related to the degree of myocardial damage, provides prognostic information, and can be measured rapidly. We studied the prognostic value of cardiac troponin I levels in patients with unstable angina or non-Q-wave myocardial infarction. In a multicenter study, blood specimens from 1404 symptomatic patients were analyzed for cardiac troponin I, a serum marker not detected in the blood of healthy persons. The relation between mortality at 42 days and the level of cardiac troponin I in the specimen obtained on enrollment was determined both before and after adjustment for baseline characteristics. The mortality rate at 42 days was significantly higher in the 573 patients with cardiac troponin I levels of at least 0.4 ng per milliliter (21 deaths, or 3.7 percent) than in the 831 patients with cardiac troponin I levels below 0.4 ng per milliliter (8 deaths, or 1.0 percent; P or = 65 years). In patients with acute coronary syndromes, cardiac troponin I levels provide useful prognostic information and permit the early identification of patients with an increased risk of death.
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                S. Karger AG
                August 2000
                14 August 2000
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                aDepartment of Medicine, Norrtälje Hospital, bDepartment of Cardiology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, cDepartment of Cardiology, University Hospital Uppsala, and dDepartment of Medicin, Danderyd Hospital, Danderyd, Sweden
                7024 Cardiology 2000;93:183–190
                © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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