EVALUATION OF THE DOOR-TO-NEEDLE TIME IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING FIBRINOLYTIC THERAPY AFTER ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

Authors

  • Waqas Jehangir Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Salman Daood Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Khan Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Nadeem Hayat Mallick Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.69656/pjp.v5i2.733

Keywords:

Acute myocardial infarction, Door-to-needle time, Fibrinolytic therapy

Abstract

Background: Early thrombolysis with fibrinolytic therapy has reduced mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with the major effect coming from early achievement of infarct-related artery patency.  This study was carried out to determine the door-to-needle time in patients undergoing fibrinolytic therapy after acute myocardial infarction and to identify factors associated with a prolonged door-to-needle time. Methods: This was a cross sectional studyn which patients who were thrombolysed for AMI with streptokinase at Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, from December 12, 2008 to February 18, 2009 were included. All patients admitted with AMI, who were candidates for fibrinolysis, were included. The time of infarction and time of arrival in hospital was determined with ECG changes and asking from patient and/or relatives. The reasons for delay of arrival were asked from patient and accompanying attendants where possible.  Results: A door-to-needle time of <30 min could be achieved in 110 of our 201 patients (54.72%). Mean door-to-needle time was 55.13 (±71.04) minutes. Conclusions: A door-to-needle time of less than 30 minutes in 54.72% is comparable to most contemporary studies however there is a need to look into factors associated with delay.

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Published

31-12-2009

How to Cite

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Jehangir W, Daood MS, Khan M, Mallick NH. EVALUATION OF THE DOOR-TO-NEEDLE TIME IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING FIBRINOLYTIC THERAPY AFTER ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION. Pak J Phsyiol [Internet]. 2009 Dec. 31 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];5(2):38-9. Available from: https://pjp.pps.org.pk/index.php/PJP/article/view/733