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Cardiology 2010;116:103–109

Rationale and Design of the POSTEMI (Postconditioning in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Study

Limalanathan S.a, e · Andersen G.Ø.a, d, e · Hoffmann P.b · Kløw N.-E.b · Abdelnoor M.c · Eritsland J.a, e

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Departments of aCardiology and bRadiology, cCenter for Clinical Research, Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, dCenter for Clinical Heart Research, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, and eCenter for Heart Failure Research, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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Dr. Shanmuganathan Limalanathan

Department of Cardiology

Oslo University Hospital Ullevål

NO–0407 Oslo (Norway)

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Rapid reperfusion of the infarct-related coronary artery is essential in the treatment of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Paradoxically, restoration of the blood flow to the ischemic area may result in further injury to the myocardium. This phenomenon is described as ‘ischemia/reperfusion injury’ and the pathophysiological mechanisms are not fully elucidated. A cardioprotective effect of ischemic postconditioning (short repetitive cycles of reperfusion and re-occlusion) has been demonstrated in experimental studies and in pilot studies on patients with acute STEMI treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. We present the study design of the Postconditioning in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (POSTEMI) study, which is a prospective, randomized, open-label clinical trial with blinded endpoint evaluation designed to evaluate the effect of postconditioning on final infarct size. Patients with acute STEMI with symptoms of less than 6 h and proximal or mid-coronary artery occlusion will be included. The primary endpoint is infarct size, assessed by cardiac MRI after 4 months. The secondary endpoints are to evaluate the effect of postconditioning on TIMI myocardial perfusion grade, resolution of ST-segment elevation, release of markers of ischemia, left ventricular function and final infarct size related to the area at risk. A total of 260 patients will be included in the study.

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Abstract of Original Research – Clinical Trial Design

Received: January 12, 2010
Accepted: February 28, 2010
Published online: June 29, 2010

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0008-6312 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9751 (Online)

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