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Sustained postoperative anaemia is associated with an impaired outcome after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: insights from the IMAGINE trial.

PMID 21757458


To investigate the association between sustained postoperative anaemia and outcome after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Retrospective analysis of the IMAGINE trial, which tested the effect of the ACE inhibitor quinapril on cardiovascular events after CABG. Thoracic surgery clinic/outpatient department. 2553 stable patients with left ventricular ejection fraction >40% 2-7 days after scheduled CABG. Randomisation to quinapril or placebo. Cox regression analysis for the association between postoperative anaemia and cardiovascular events and the effect of quinapril on the incidence of anaemia. Postoperative anaemia was sustained for >50 days in 44% of patients. Sustained postoperative anaemia was associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular events during the first 3 months (adjusted HR (adjHR) 1.77, 95% CI 1.10 to 2.85, p=0.012) and during the maximum follow-up of 43 months (adjHR 1.37, 95% CI 1.14 to 1.65, p=0.008). When haemoglobin (Hb) was considered as a continuous variable, every 1 mg/dl decrease in Hb was associated with a 13% increase in cardiovascular events (adjHR 0.87, 95% CI 0.81 to 0.95, p=0.003) and a 22% increase in all-cause mortality (adjHR 0.78, 95% CI 0.60 to 0.99, p=0.034). Quinapril was associated with a slower postoperative recovery of Hb levels and a higher incidence of cardiovascular events in patients with anaemia (adjHR 1.60, 95% CI 1.1 to 2.4, p=0.024). Postoperative anaemia is common, frequently persists for months after CABG surgery and is associated with an impaired outcome. In patients with anaemia, ACE inhibitors slowed recovery from postoperative anaemia and increased the incidence of cardiovascular events after CABG.

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Quinapril hydrochloride, ≥98% (HPLC), solid
C25H30N2O5 · HCl