WJCD  Vol.5 No.8 , August 2015
Is There Still a Place for Post-Resuscitation Electrocardiogram for Therapeutic Management and Coronary Angiogram Indication after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest?
ABSTRACT
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a common cause of death. Some therapeutic strategies performed daily are still debated, including particularly emergency coronary angiography independently of the clinical pattern. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention seems the strategy of choice in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction but in other clinical presentations, benefit of coronary angiogram remains controversial. To improve management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and define the best timing to perform coronary angiogram, we suggest a study design based on ECG evaluation to define predictors of coronary artery disease after resuscitated cardiac arrest by distinguishing 3 groups according to ECG after resuscitation: ST segment elevation and LBBB; repolarisation disorder or no repolarisation disorder. Evaluation of ECG changes may still be useful as a triage method for establishing the indication for emergency coronary angiogram due to easy, non invasive and quick method and thus for limiting complications associated with this exam in acute phase.

Cite this paper
Lonjon, C. , Lattuca, B. , Roubille, F. , Cayla, G. and Leclercq, F. (2015) Is There Still a Place for Post-Resuscitation Electrocardiogram for Therapeutic Management and Coronary Angiogram Indication after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest?. World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases, 5, 203-210. doi: 10.4236/wjcd.2015.58023.
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