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ABSTRACT: The authors analyze some clinical data, hospital and long-term prognosis of 139 consecutive patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. A three-quarter-year long follow-up of patients was performed, and data were recorded by use of postal questionnaire. The follow-up was complete in 98% of the patients. The mean age was 78.6 and 71.4 years in the case of female and male patients, respectively. High percent of patients had comorbidity (diabetes mellitus, hypertension and previous ischemic heart disease). Coronary angiography was performed in 30 patients (22%) and revascularization in 29 of them. Hospital mortality was found in 15% and during follow-up 17% of the patients died. The patients who died during hospital stay and during the follow-up period were significantly older than patients who stayed alive. Some echocardiographic parameters were also found prognostically important: ejection fraction, end systolic diameter, segmental wall motion abnormality and severity of mitral regurgitation were found significantly different in patients alive and who died. The authors investigated the hospital discharge medications according to guideline recommendations. The authors emphasize that this quality indicator was much better in this patient population than the earlier published data. By the end of follow-up, similar percent of patients used these drugs as at the time of hospital discharge.
Orvosi Hetilap 12/2008; 149(45):2115-9.