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Kathlin Ambrose, 12 Nov 2015
The outcome for patients experiencing out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (OSCA) remains very poor in Malaysia. Local data shows that return of spontaneous circulation in OSCA patients stands at 17.4 percent, while survival to ward is a mere 4.3 percent. [Med J Malaysia 2008; 63:4–8]
Tristan Manalac, 2 days ago
Contrary to conventional knowledge, consumption of dairy products appears to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular disease events and mortality, according to a recent multinational study.
Pearl Toh, 17 Sep 2018
Lifestyle interventions incorporating diet and exercise slash the need for antihypertensive medications by more than half among overweight or obese adults with high blood pressure (BP), according to a secondary analysis of the ENCORE trial presented at the Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions.
Christina Lau, 31 Aug 2018

Daily low-dose aspirin is not beneficial for primary prevention of cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with diabetes or moderate CV risk, according to results of the ASCNED and ARRIVE trials reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018.

Pharmacoinvasive therapy, PPCI confer comparable survival benefits to transfer STEMI patients

11 Sep 2018

Pharmacoinvasive therapy (PIT) and primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) are comparable in terms of all-cause mortality in transfer patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a recent meta-analysis has shown.

Seventeen studies were eligible for inclusion in the meta-analysis, of which six were randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and 11 were cohort studies. Together, the studies corresponded to 13.037 patients who received either PPCI (n=7,398) or PIT (n=5,693). No evidence of small study effects or publication bias was reported.

Pooled analysis of the six RCTs showed PIT and PPCI were statistically comparable in terms of all-cause, short-term (odds ratio [OR], 0.99; 95 percent CI, 0.73–1.34; p=0.93) and long-term (OR, 0.83; 0.59–1.17; p=0.287) mortality. On the other hand, PPCI significantly increased the risk of all-cause, short-term mortality, according to the pooled analysis of observational studies (OR, 1.39; 1.04–1.87; p=0.028).

However, combining both RCTs and observational studies demonstrated that both approaches resulted in similar likelihood of all-cause short-term (OR, 1.20; 0.97–1.49; p=0.099) and long-term (OR, 1.17; 0.84–1.62; p=0.361) mortality.

The same was true for total stroke (OR, 0.76; 0.51–1.49; p=0.193), haemorrhagic stroke (OR, 0.56; 0.20–1.62; p=0.288), ischaemic stroke (OR, 0.65; 0.28–1.49; p=0.310) and major bleeding (OR, 0.73; 0.48–1.11; p=0.138).

In contrast, PPCI significantly increased the risk of cardiogenic shock (OR, 1.48; 1.13–1.94; p=0.005) and decreased the chances of reinfarction (OR, 0.69; 0.49–0.97; p=0.033) relative to PIT.

The databases of Embase, Scopus, PubMed and the Cochrane Library were accessed for the present meta-analysis. Studies on facilitated PCI and with ischaemia-guided reperfusion were excluded. The Newcastle-Ottawa scale was used to evaluate study quality.

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Most Read Articles
Kathlin Ambrose, 12 Nov 2015
The outcome for patients experiencing out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (OSCA) remains very poor in Malaysia. Local data shows that return of spontaneous circulation in OSCA patients stands at 17.4 percent, while survival to ward is a mere 4.3 percent. [Med J Malaysia 2008; 63:4–8]
Tristan Manalac, 2 days ago
Contrary to conventional knowledge, consumption of dairy products appears to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular disease events and mortality, according to a recent multinational study.
Pearl Toh, 17 Sep 2018
Lifestyle interventions incorporating diet and exercise slash the need for antihypertensive medications by more than half among overweight or obese adults with high blood pressure (BP), according to a secondary analysis of the ENCORE trial presented at the Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions.
Christina Lau, 31 Aug 2018

Daily low-dose aspirin is not beneficial for primary prevention of cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with diabetes or moderate CV risk, according to results of the ASCNED and ARRIVE trials reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018.