The prognostic value of myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with type 2 myocardial infarction

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  • Objectives: The aim of this retrospective study is to evaluate the prognostic role of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in patients with type 2 myocardial infarction (T2MI). Background: T2MI is an increasingly common diagnosis in clinical practice. The management of this condition is controversial and the prognostic value of MPI has not been established in this setting. Methods: We retrospectively studied T2MI patients who underwent vasodilator gated MPI within 90 days of T2MI at a single tertiary care institution in 2013. Abnormal myocardial perfusion was defined as the perfusion defect involving ≥ 5% of left ventricular (LV) myocardium. Abnormal LV ejection fraction (EF) was defined as < 50% by gated images. The primary outcome was a composite of death, myocardial infarction (other than index event) or coronary revascularization (CR). Results: There were 234 patients (62 ± 14 years, 57% men) with T2MI (peak troponin 0.2 ng/ml, interquartile 0.1-1.4), of whom 136 (58%) had an abnormal MPI. During a median follow-up of 20 months, 155 patients (66%) had the primary outcome (39% death, 42% MI, 5% CR). An abnormal MPI was associated with an increased risk of the primary outcome with a hazard ratio of 1.56, 95%CI (1.12-2.18, P =.008) that remained statistically significant after multivariate adjustment (1.45, 95%CI (1.02-2.06, P =.04))). Conclusions: Patients with T2MI are at high risk for death or cardiac events in the intermediate term. More than one-half of patients with T2MI have an abnormal MPI and this is associated with the increased risk of cardiac events during follow-up. Risk stratification with MPI after T2MI may identify patients who would benefit from aggressive risk reduction.
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  • Colon CM; Marshell RL; Roth CP; Farag AA; Iskandrian AE; Hage FG
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  • 1611
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  • 1620
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  • 28
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  • 4