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Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Volume 2019, Article ID 5345178, 9 pages
Research Article

Impact of Late Ventricular Arrhythmias on Cardiac Mortality in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction

Department of Cardiology and Catheterization Laboratories, Shonan Kamakura General Hospital, Okamoto 1370-1, Kamakura City 247-8533, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Koki Shishido; pj.oc.oohay@20029101ikok

Received 27 March 2019; Revised 8 June 2019; Accepted 12 June 2019; Published 8 July 2019

Academic Editor: Yuichiro Maekawa

Copyright © 2019 Takuma Takada et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. This study investigated the relationship between the timing of ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation (VT or VF) and prognosis in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Background. It is unknown whether the timing of VT/VF occurrence affects the prognosis of patients with AMI. Methods. From January 2004 to December 2014, 1004 patients with AMI underwent primary PCI. Of these patients, 888 did not have VT/VF (non-VT/VF group) and 116 had sustained VT/VF during prehospitalization or hospitalization. Patients with VT/VF were divided into two groups: early VT/VF (VT/VF occurrence before and within 2 days of admission, 92 patients) and late VT/VF (VT/VF occurrence >2 days after admission; 24 patients) groups. Results. The frequency of VT/VF occurrence was high between the day of admission and the 2nd day and between days 6 and 10 of hospitalization. The late VT/VF group had a significantly longer onset-to-balloon time, lower ejection fraction, poorer renal function, and higher creatine phosphokinase (CK)-MB level on admission (p< 0.001). They also had a lower 30-day cardiac survival rate than the early VT/VF and non-VT/VF groups (42% vs. 76% vs. 96%, p < 0.001). Moreover, independent predictors of in-hospital cardiac mortality among patients with AMI who had sustained VT/VF were higher peak CK-MB [Odds ratio (OR: 1.001, 95%confidence interval (CI): 1.000-1.002, p= 0.03)], higher Killip class (OR: 1.484, 95%CI 1.017-2.165, p= 0.04), and late VT/VF (OR: 3.436, 95%CI 1.115-10.59, p= 0.03). Conclusions. The timing of VT/VF occurrences had a bimodal peak. Although late VT/VF occurrence after primary PCI was less frequent than early VT/VF occurrence, patients with late VT/VF had a very poor prognosis.