ACUTE RESULTS AND 6 MONTH FOLLOW UP IN PATIENTS WITH DIRECT STENTING DURING PRIMARY ANGIOPLASTY IN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION WITH ST ELEVATION IN KBC ZAGREB
Summary. We perform primary angioplasty in all acute myocardial infarction patients with ST elevation in the first 6 hours, with good results. In 30 selected patients (36.2% of all primary angioplasty patients in this period) we used the method od direct stenting with 100% primary success. In all patients we achieved TIMI 2-3 flow, and complete or partial ST elevation resolution. The early mortality rate was 3.3%, and no other complications arose. Direct stenting in primary coronary angioplasty is a safe and effective procedure, with high primary result in selected cases, and low complication rate during procedure and incidence of MACE (Mayor Adverse Cardiac Events) during hospital stay and after 6 month follow up. The results are comparable with standard interventional procedure in acute myocardial infarction, with the advantage of shorter procedure, lower radiation exposure and less material use.