Long-Term Cardiovascular Mortality after Procedure-Related or Spontaneous Myocardial Infarction in Patients with Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Collaborative Analysis of Individual Patient Data from the FRISC II, ICTUS, and RITA-3 Trials (FIR)
Background—To investigate the long-term prognostic impact of procedure-related and spontaneous myocardial infarction (MI) on cardiovascular mortality in patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS).
Methods and Results—Five-year follow-up after procedure-related or spontaneous MI was investigated in the individual patient-pooled dataset of the FRISC-II, ICTUS and RITA-3 (FIR) NSTE-ACS trials. The principal outcome was cardiovascular death up to 5 years of follow-up. Cumulative event rates were estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method, hazard ratios (HR) were calculated with time-dependent Cox proportional-hazards models. Adjustments were made for the variables associated with long-term outcomes. Of the 5467 patients, 212 endured a procedure-related MI within 6 months after enrolment. A spontaneous MI occurred in 236 patients within 6 months. The cumulative cardiovascular death rate was 5.2% in patients who endured a procedure-related MI and comparable to patients without a procedure-related MI (HR 0.66, 95%CI: 0.36-1.20, P=0.17). In patients who endured a spontaneous MI within 6 months, the cumulative cardiovascular death rate was 22.2% and higher than patients without a spontaneous MI (HR 4.52, 95%CI: 3.37-6.06, P<0.001). These HRs did not materially alter after risk adjustments.
Conclusions—Five-year follow-up of NSTE-ACS patients from the three FIR trials showed no association between a procedure-related MI and long-term cardiovascular mortality. In contrast there was a substantially raised long-term mortality after a spontaneous MI.
- Received August 10, 2011.
- Accepted December 8, 2011.
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