OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether echocardiography may help identify, among patients admitted with a suspect of non-ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), those with athero-thrombotic coronary artery disease (CAD).PATIENTS AND METHODS: We studied consecutive patients admitted with a clinical suspect of first NSTEMI. Echocardiography was assessed within 24 hours from admission. Patients were divided into two groups. according to the results of coronary angiography: 1) patients with obstructive stenosis (>= 50%) and/or images of thrombosis in one or more coronary arteries (CAD group); 2) patients with no evidence of obstructive coronary arteries (NOCAD group).RESULTS: Of 101 patients enrolled in the study, 53 (52.5%) showed obstructive CAD and 48 (47.5%) NOCAD. At echocardiographic examination, regional wall motion abnormalities were found in 52.8% of patients in the CAD group and 43.7% in the NOCAD group (p=0.43). Left ventricle ejection fraction was 56.4 +/- 6.8 vs. 54.7 +/- 9.8% (p=0.30) and wall motion score index was 1.16 +/- 0.26 vs. 1.21 +/- 0.32 (p=0.39) in the two groups, respectively. A multivariable logistic regression independent predictors of obstructive CAD included age, male gender, typical angina. diabetes and hypertension.CONCLUSIONS: Our data showed that. in patients with acute chest pain and increased serum troponin T concentration, routine standard echocardiography does not significantly improve the diagnostic accuracy for the presence of obstructive CAD.
- Non-ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction