Endothelin-1 and acute myocardial infarction: A no-reflow mediator after successful percutaneous myocardial revascularization

Giampaolo Niccoli, Gaetano Antonio Lanza, Sidney Shaw, Elisa Romagnoli, Domenico Gioia, Francesco Burzotta, Carlo Trani, Mario Attilio Mazzari, Rocco Mongiardo, Maria De Vita, Antonio Giuseppe Rebuzzi, Thomas F. Lüscher, Filippo Crea

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Aims: No-reflow after a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with a high incidence of left ventricular (LV) failure and a poor prognosis. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent endothelium-derived vasoconstrictor peptide and an important modulator of neutrophil function. Elevated systemic ET-1 levels have recently been reported to predict a poor prognosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) treated by primary PCI. We aimed to investigate the relationship between systemic ET-1 plasma levels and no-reflow in a group of AMI patients treated by primary PCI. Methods and results: A group of 51 patients (age 59±9.9 years, 44 males) with a first AMI, undergoing successful primary or rescue PCI, were included in the study. Angiographic no-reflow was defined as coronary TIMI flow grade ≤2 or TIMI flow 3 with a final myocardial blush grade ≤2. Blood samples were obtained from all patients on admission for ET-1 levels measurement. No reflow was observed in 31 patients (61%). Variables associated with no-reflow at univariate analysis included culprit lesion of the left anterior coronary descending artery (LAD) (67 vs. 29%, P=0.006) and ET-1 plasma levels (3.95±0.7 vs. 3.3±0.8 pg/mL, P=0.004). At multivariable logistic regression analysis, ET-1 was the only significant predictor of no-reflow (P=0.03) together with LAD as the culprit vessel (P=0.04). Conclusion: ET-1 plasma levels predict angiographic no-reflow after successful primary or rescue PCI. These findings suggest that ET-1 antagonists might be beneficial in the management of no-reflow. © The European Society of Cardiology 2006. All rights reserved.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1793-1798
Numero di pagine6
RivistaEuropean Heart Journal
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2006


  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary
  • Coronary Circulation
  • Endothelin-1
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Myocardial Revascularization
  • Myocardial infarction
  • No-reflow
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Prognosis
  • Regression Analysis
  • Reperfusion


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