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‘Startling’ heart attack finding in COVID patients

Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (JSCAI)
Reuters Health - 25/05/2022 - One-third of women and 18% of men with COVID-19 and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have no culprit lesion detectable on angiography, according to new data from the North American COVID-19 Myocardial Infarction (NACMI) registry. This is a "startling" finding, say the researchers, considering that rates of MI with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) usually makes up only 3.5% to 6.5% of these types of heart attacks in the absence of COVID-19 infection. There is a "lack of research and clear guidance on how to treat STEMI patients without an identified culprit lesion, many of which are women," Dr. Odayme Quesada, with The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, said in a news release. He presented the results at Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) annual meeting, with simultaneous publication in JSCAI. Using the NACMI registry, the researchers compared c...

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