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Fragmented QRS (fQRS) Complex Predicts Adverse Cardiac Events of ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Thrombolysis

Wei Xia, Xiao-Yan Feng

(Department of Cardiology, Tianjin First Center Hospital, Tianjin, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR4634-4640

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.908712


BACKGROUND: ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is an acute and life-threatening disease. Adverse cardiac events (ACEs) are defined as cardiovascular death or worsening congestive heart failure in STEMI patients. The present study investigated the predictive role of fragmented QRS complex (fQRS) in risks of ACEs in STEMI.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis involving patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or thrombolysis. STEMI patients were divided into the fQRS group (259 cases) and the non-fQRS group (161 cases). Basic information and clinical parameters were evaluated. ACEs, including hemodynamic instability, electrical instability (ventricular tachycardia event, ventricular fibrillation or atrioventricular heart-block) and death, were observed. The 12-lead ECG was used to obtain fQRS recordings. Thrombolytic recanalization was evaluated to confirm clinical outcomes of PCI and thrombolysis therapy.
RESULTS: Hemodynamic instability rates, electrical instability rates, and death in the fQRS group were significantly higher compared to the non-fQRS group (P=0.002, 0.000, and 0.010, respectively). PCI triggered significantly fewer ACEs compared to thrombolytic therapy in the fQRS group (P=0.000, 0.000, and 0.019, respectively). The fQRS group had higher thrombolysis failure rates and three-vessel lesion of coronary artery rates compared to the non-fQRS group (P=0.009 and 0.029, respectively). There were no differences between fQRS and non-fQRS groups in death rates of STEMI patients undergoing PCI and thrombolytic therapy. GRACE scores more than 140, EF less than 35%, and fQRS illustrated predictive potential for ACEs of STEMI patients.
CONCLUSIONS: fQRS is an independent predictor for the adverse cardiac events of STEMI patients undergoing PCI or thrombolysis.

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