COMPARISON OF INTRACORONARY VERAPAMIL VS ADENOSINE FOR RESTORATION OF CORONARY BLOOD FLOW POST PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION (PCI) IN PATIENTS WITH NO-REFLOW
Objective: To determine the efficacy of intracoronary verapamil vs adenosine in restoration of coronary blood flow, post PCI in patients with No-Reflow.
Study Design: Double blind (patient/operator blind) randomized control trial.
Place and Duration of Study: Cath lab of AFIC & NIHD Rawalpindi, from Feb 2019 to Aug 2019.
Methodology: A total of ninety (n=90) patients of either gender between age 25-80 years of age who underwent angioplasty for STEMI/NSTEMI demonstrating No-Reflow (thrombolysis in myocardial infarction 0,1,2) post PCI were enrolled and were randomized into two groups. Group A received verapamil 500 µg in 10 ml heparinized saline, given slowly over 1 minute and group B received adenosine 60 µg in 10 ml of heparinized saline, given quickly. After the administration of both drugs repeat angiogram was carried out and thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction flow was assessed. Restoration of blood flow was defined as achievement of thrombolysis in myocardial infarction 3 grade.
Results: Efficacy (restoration of thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction grade 3) was better with intracoronary administration of verapamil when compared with intracoronary administration 2 of adenosine (84.4% vs 80%). The difference was, however, not statistically significant (p=0.581).
Conclusion: Efficacy (restoration of thrombolysis in myocardial infarction grade 3) was not statistically significant between intracoronary administration of verapamil and adenosine in no-reflow cases after PCI in patients with STEMI/NSTEMI.