Cardiac catheterization for patients with postinfarction angina

G. C. Tomlinson, K. B. Kern, L. D. Lancaster, R. G. Gay, S. Goldman

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A retrospective review was conducted to determine the incidence of cardiac catheterization for postinfarction angina, the associated coronary anatomy, and the subsequent clinical course. Over one year, 30 of 178 myocardial infarctions were complicated by postinfarction angina resulting in cardiac catheterization. This was 18% of cardiac catheterizations for evaluation of coronary artery disease. Among the 30 patients, 3 had left main disease, 3 had triple‐vessel disease, 11 had double‐vessel disease, 11 had single‐vessel disease, and 2 had no significant disease. Nine patients had proximal left anterior descending disease without left main disease. In contrast to previous autopsy or surgical series, the extent of coronary artery involvement was less severe and followed a distribution similar to that found in uncomplicated myocardial infarctions. Nevertheless, 17 of the 30 patients underwent revascularization with angioplasty or bypass surgery compared with 41 of 137 without postinfarction angina (p=0.01). Clinical characteristics of the patients with postinfarction angina did not predict who would ultimately require revascularization. Cardiac catheterization is necessary for management of patients with postinfarction angina, because a majority of them will require revascularization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-403
Number of pages5
JournalClinical cardiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1987


  • angina pectoris
  • angioplasty
  • aortocoronary bypass
  • myocardial infarction
  • myocardial revascularization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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