Provoking conditions, management and outcomes of type 2 myocardial infarction and myocardial necrosis.

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Provoking conditions, management and outcomes of type 2 myocardial infarction and myocardial necrosis.

Int J Cardiol. 2016 May 13;218:196-201

Authors: Smilowitz NR, Weiss MC, Mauricio R, Mahajan AM, Dugan KE, Devanabanda A, Pulgarin C, Gianos E, Shah B, Sedlis SP, Radford M, Reynolds HR

BACKGROUND: Type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) is defined as myocardial necrosis (myonecrosis) due to an imbalance in supply and demand with clinical evidence of ischemia. Some clinical scenarios of supply-demand mismatch predispose to myonecrosis but limit the identification of symptoms and ECG changes referable to ischemia; therefore, the MI definition may not be met. Factors that predispose to type 2 MI and myonecrosis without definite MI, approaches to treatment, and outcomes remain poorly characterized.
METHODS: Patients admitted to an academic medical center with an ICD-9 diagnosis of secondary myocardial ischemia or non-primary diagnosis of non-ST-elevation MI were retrospectively reviewed. Cases were classified as either MI (n=255) or myonecrosis without definite MI (n=220) based on reported symptoms, ischemic ECG changes, and new wall motion abnormalities.
RESULTS: Conditions associated with type 2 MI or myonecrosis included non-cardiac surgery (38%), anemia or bleeding requiring transfusion (32%), sepsis (31%), tachyarrhythmia (23%), hypotension (22%), respiratory failure (23%), and severe hypertension (8%). Inpatient mortality was 5%, with no difference between patients with MI and those with myonecrosis (6% vs. 5%, p=0.41). At discharge, only 43% of patients received aspirin and statin therapy.
CONCLUSIONS: Type 2 MI and myonecrosis occur frequently in the setting of supply-demand mismatch due to non-cardiac surgery, sepsis, or anemia. Myonecrosis without definite MI is associated with similar in-hospital mortality as type 2 MI; both groups warrant further workup for cardiovascular disease. Antiplatelet and statin prescriptions were infrequent at discharge, reflecting physician uncertainty about the role of secondary prevention in these patients.

PMID: 27236114 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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