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Index of microvascular resistance and outcomes following intra-coronary thrombolysis with percutaneous intervention in STEMI: a meta-analysis of randomized control trials


Microvascular obstruction following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is highly prevalent and independently associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Microvascular obstruction is determined by index of the microvascular resistance. We performed a systematic review with meta-analysis of all published randomized clinical trials (RCTs) studying the effect of intra-coronary thrombolysis with PCI as compared to standard treatment among patients with ST-segment elevated myocardial infarction. We included 6 RCTs summing up to 947 patients in the final analysis. Intra-coronary thrombolysis resulted in significantly lower index of microvascular resistance [standardized mean difference: − 13.74, 95% confidence interval (CI): − 16.74 to − 10.73, P value < 0.001, I2 = 0%]. There was no difference noted in the occurrence of major adverse cardiac events with intra-coronary thrombolysis as compared to standard treatment [Odds ratio:  0.71, 95% CI: 0.46–1.08, P value = 0.11,  I2 = 0%]. The absence of heterogeneity deferred us from using dose–response analysis to account for altering dose used across studies. The results of the present meta-analysis highlights the role of intra-coronary thrombolysis in reducing microvascular obstruction. No effect of intra-coronary thrombolysis was noted on the occurrence of major adverse cardiac events.

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Kumar, A., Shariff, M. & Doshi, R. Index of microvascular resistance and outcomes following intra-coronary thrombolysis with percutaneous intervention in STEMI: a meta-analysis of randomized control trials. J Thromb Thrombolysis (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11239-020-02063-1

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  • Intra-coronary thrombolysis
  • Microvascular obstruction
  • Index of microvascular resistance