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Timing of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Therapeutic Hypothermia in Patients With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction and Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest
1 Department of Cardiology, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
Rev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2017, 18(2), 67–72; https://doi.org/10.3909/ricm0876
The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines include a Class 1 recommendation to initiate therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in comatose patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) with an initial shockable rhythm who have achieved return of spontaneous circulation. There is also a Class 1 recommendation for immediate angiography in these patients whose initial electrocardiography shows ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, due to a lack of clinical trials evaluating these patients who have received both percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and TH, controversy remains regarding whether the two can be safely combined. Furthermore, in patients who receive TH and PCI, another question to address is which therapy to initiate first. This article focuses on how best to manage comatose OHCA survivors who have an initial shockable rhythm and STEMI.
Percutaneous coronary intervention
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
ST-elevation myocardial infarction