Heart 99:690-699 doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2012-303402
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Original article

Clinical outcomes after percutaneous or surgical revascularisation of unprotected left main coronary artery-related acute myocardial infarction: a single-centre experience

  1. Robbert J de Winter1
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Cardiothoracic surgery, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Professor Robbert J de Winter, Department of Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory B2-137, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam 1105 AZ, The Netherlands; r.j.dewinter{at}
  • Received 20 November 2012
  • Accepted 6 March 2013
  • Published Online First 28 March 2013


Objectives We evaluated 30-day and 1-year clinical outcomes after percutaneous or surgical coronary revascularisation in patients with unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA)-related acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

Design Single-centre registry.

Patients Between January 1998 and December 2008, 84 patients with ULMCA-related AMI underwent revascularisation treatment in our institution (55 underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), 29 underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)).

Methods One-year clinical follow-up was obtained for all patients. Univariable and multivariable analyses were performed to find predictors for 30-day mortality and treatment allocation.

Results In the PCI-group, all-cause mortality was 64% at 30 days and 69% at 1 year. In the CABG-group, this was 24% at 30 days and 1 year. Independent predictors of 30-day mortality were cardiogenic shock (HR 2.83), thrombolysis in MI (TIMI) 0/1 flow (HR 2.27) and diabetes mellitus (HR 2.65). Treatment allocation to PCI was primarily determined by TIMI 0/1 flow on baseline angiogram (OR 150). In patients with TIMI 2/3 flow on initial angiogram, treatment allocation was determined by presentation with cardiogenic shock (OR 5.61), year of inclusion (OR 1.72), and distal/bifurcation disease (OR 0.11).

Conclusions Thirty-day mortality was high in patients presenting with an ULMCA-related AMI, both in the PCI as in the CABG-treatment group. Presentation with cardiogenic shock, TIMI 0/1 flow on initial angiogram and diabetes mellitus were independently predicting of 30-day mortality, whereas treatment allocation was primarily determined by presentation with TIMI 0/1 flow.