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      Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome and Prior Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in a Large Middle Eastern Cohort

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          Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) can occur in patients with prior coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). In the Gulf Registry of acute coronary events (Gulf RACE), we identified the clinical characteristics and in-hospital outcomes of these patients.


          Clinical characteristics and in-hospital outcomes for 461 ACS patients with prior CABG are compared to 7715 ACS patients without prior CABG enrolled from 64 hospitals in 6 Gulf countries over a 6-month period.


          The overall incidence of ACS with prior CABG was 5.6% out of 8176 patients. The ACS with prior CABG were older (63 vs 55 years, P<0.0001), had more history of diabetes (62.3 vs 37.6%, P <0.0001), dyslipidemia (70.3 vs 29.5%, P<0.0001), and hypertension (75.7 vs 47.8%, P<0.0001) compared with the non-CABG group. They presented more frequently with dyspnea (14.8 vs 9.5%, P<0.0005), non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (41.4 vs 31.6%, P<0.0001) and echocardiographic evidence of left ventricular dysfunction (49.4 vs 29.8%, P<0.0001) than ACS without prior CABG. They had a complicated in-hospital course with more recurrent ischemia (13.9 vs 9.3%, P=0.0011), heart failure (24.1 vs 15.7%), and stroke (2.2 vs 0.6%) compared with those without CABG. The in-hospital mortality rate was 5.6% in the CABG group compared with 3.5% in the ACS without prior CABG group. After adjusting for confounders, prior CABG was independently associated with recurrent ischemia and shock, more in patients presenting with ST elevation than non-ST elevation ACS.


          Patients with ACS and prior CABG are a high-risk group with poor outcomes irrespective of their older age and comorbidities. They should be identified and treated differently to improve their outcomes.

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                Open Cardiovasc Med J
                The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
                Bentham Open
                30 August 2011
                : 5
                : 196-202
                [1 ]Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait
                [2 ]Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
                [3 ]Department of Cardiac Surgery, Chest Diseases Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
                [4 ]Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Adan Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
                [5 ]Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
                [6 ]Royal Hospital, Muscat, Oman
                [7 ]Department of Non-communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman
                [8 ]Mohammed Bin Khalifa Cardiac Centre, Manama, Bahrain
                [9 ]Hamad General Hospital and Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
                [10 ]Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Sana'a University, Sana'a, Yemen
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