Outcomes of ischaemic mitral regurgitation in anterior versus inferior ST elevation myocardial infarction

Amgad Mentias, Mohammad Q. Raza, Amr F. Barakat, Elizabeth Hill, Dalia Youssef, Amar Krishnaswamy, Milind Y. Desai, Brian Griffin, Stephen Ellis, Venu Menon, E. Murat Tuzcu, Samir R. Kapadia

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Background: Ischaemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) is a detrimental complication of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Objective: We sought to determine patient characteristics and outcomes of patients with IMR with focus on anterior or inferior location of STEMI. Methods: All patients presenting with STEMI complicated by IMR to our centre who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention within the first 12 hours of presentation from 1995 to 2014 were included. IMR was graded from 1+ to 4+ within 3 days of index myocardial infarction by echocardiography, divided into 2 groups based on infarct location and outcomes were compared. Results: Overall, 805 patients were included. There were 302 (17.8%) patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) out of the 1700 patients with anterior STEMI while 503 (21.8%) had MR out of the 2305 patients with inferior STEMI. There was no significant difference between both groups in comorbidities, clinical presentation or door-to-balloon time (DBT; median 104 vs 106 min, p=0.5). 30-day and 1-year mortality were higher in anterior STEMI compared with inferior STEMI (14.9% vs 6.8% and 26.4% vs 14.3%, respectively, p<0.001 both), as well as 5-year mortality (39.7% vs 24.8%, p<0.01). When analysis was performed for each grade of IMR, anterior was associated with worse outcomes in every grade. On multivariate cox survival analysis, after adjustment for age, gender, comorbidities, grade of IMR, ejection fraction and DBT, anterior STEMI was still associated with worse outcomes (HR 1.62 (95% CI 1.23 to 2.12), p<0.001). Conclusions: Although IMR occurs more frequently with inferior infarction, outcomes are worse following anterior infarction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere000493
JournalOpen Heart
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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