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To determine whether the administration of intravenous streptokinase (SK) early in the course of acute, transmural myocardial infarction would limit myocardial damage.
Determination of the potential value of thrombolytic therapy in patients with acute myocardial infarction was an issue of major importance in 1983. An estimated 1.4 million heart attacks occurred each year, of which over 500,000 were fatal. Reduction of mortality required an effective means to reduce infarct size. Studies indicated that reperfusion represented a potent means of achieving salvage of ischemic myocardium. Pilot clinical studies indicated that reperfusion could be achieved in a substantial percentage of patients by lysis of coronary thrombosis with both intracoronary and intravenous streptokinase administration. Intracoronary thrombolysis was receiving widespread clinical applications but had many limitations. The intracoronary route took 90-120 minutes longer to administer than the intravenous route. Because intracoronary therapy required the availability of a catheterization laboratories and highly skilled invasive cardiologists, this treatment was not available to large numbers of patients who were hospitalized in smaller community hospitals.
Randomized design with two groups and fixed sample size. Control patients received routine coronary care. The treatment group received intravenous streptokinase plus conventional care. This was followed with intravenous heparin and warfarin. The primary endpoint was 14 day mortality. Secondary endpoints included angiographic patency of the involved coronary artery at 10 to 14 days, left ventricular function, segmental wall motion analysis, and myocardial infarction size at 30-45 days.
Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Treatment
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T04:00:09-0400
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Streptococcal fibrinolysin . An enzyme produced by hemolytic streptococci. It hydrolyzes amide linkages and serves as an activator of plasminogen. It is used in thrombolytic therapy and is used also in mixtures with streptodornase (STREPTODORNASE AND STREPTOKINASE). EC 3.4.-.
A mixture of the enzymes (streptokinase and streptodornase) produced by hemolytic streptococci. It is used topically on surface lesions and by instillation in closed body cavities to remove clotted blood or fibrinous or purulent accumulations. It is also used as a skin test antigen in evaluating generalized cell-mediated immunodeficiency. (Dorland, 27th ed) EC 3.-.
Pathological conditions involving the CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM including the HEART; the BLOOD VESSELS; or the PERICARDIUM.
Methods and procedures for the diagnosis of diseases or dysfunction of the cardiovascular system or its organs or demonstration of their physiological processes.
An acylated inactive complex of streptokinase and human lysine-plasminogen. After injection, the acyl group is slowly hydrolyzed, producing an activator that converts plasminogen to plasmin, thereby initiating fibrinolysis. Its half-life is about 90 minutes compared to 5 minutes for TPA; (TISSUE PLASMINOGEN ACTIVATOR); 16 minutes for UROKINASE-TYPE PLASMINOGEN ACTIVATOR and 23 minutes for STREPTOKINASE. If treatment is initiated within 3 hours of onset of symptoms for acute myocardial infarction, the drug preserves myocardial tissue and left ventricular function and increases coronary artery patency. Bleeding complications are similar to other thrombolytic agents.
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