The purpose of this study was to determine the occurrence of coronary artery disease risk factors in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) to a tertiary care institution in Trinidad and to determine the factors associated with increased mortality following AMI. All patients admitted to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) between January 1 and December 31, 1996, with a diagnosis of AMI were identified using the hospital admissions and discharge diagnosis databases. Demographic, clinical and laboratory variables were extracted from the hospital case records of patients with confirmed AMI. Sixty-one AMI patients (38 men) were admitted during the study period. Mean age at admission was 60 +/- 11 years with an ethnic case mix of thirty-nine (62%) of East Indian descent, eight (13%) of African descent, twelve (20%) mixed ethnicity and three (5%) of Caucasian descent. Thirty patients (49%) were hypertensive. Thirty-two patients (53%) were diabetic and eighteen patients (30%) gave a history of cigarette smoking. The mean left ventricular ejection fraction was 53 +/- 14%. The mean serum cholesterol from 29 patients was 228.2 +/- 49.0 mg/dl. Increasing age, female gender, an ejection fraction less than 40%, non treatment with streptokinase and in-hospital ventricular fibrillation were associated with poor survival. Multiple regression analyses identified three independent predictors of mortality. These were gender (p = 0.04), in-hospital ventricular fibrillation (p = 0.001) and an ejection fraction less than 40% (p = 0.02). Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and cigarette smoking were prevalent amongst patients presenting with AMI. Ventricular function was a major determinant of two-year mortality following AMI. Aggressive risk factor modification is recommended to prevent both first and recurrent coronary events.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||The West Indian medical journal|
|State||Published - Jun 2000|
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