The American journal of medicine

Clinical features and prognosis of type 2 myocardial infarction in vasospastic angina.

PMID 25433303


Although generally the prognosis of vasospastic angina is considered excellent, vasospasm has been shown to be a cause of type 2 myocardial infarction. This study was performed to investigate the clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients with vasospastic angina complicated with type 2 myocardial infarction. We performed a retrospective analysis of 171 consecutive patients with definite vasospastic angina (median age, 64 years; 55.0% were male) who visited the Kameda Medical Center with chest pain and in whom cardiac troponin I level was measured between 2005 and 2013. The patients were divided into type 2 myocardial infarction and non-type 2 myocardial infarction groups. A diagnosis of type 2 myocardial infarction was based on a serum cardiac troponin I value >99th percentile upper reference limit. The primary end point was a combination of nonfatal myocardial infarction or death by any cause. A total of 42 patients (24.6%) were diagnosed with type 2 myocardial infarction, and the type 2 myocardial infarction group had a higher incidence of combined end point than the non-type 2 myocardial infarction group during the median follow-up of 4.4 years (26.2% vs 9.3%, respectively, Pxa0= .008). Type 2 myocardial infarction remained an independent predictor of combined end point even after adjusting by the Japanese Coronary Spasm Association risk factors for combined end point (hazard ratio, 2.84; 95% confidence interval, 1.22-6.61; Pxa0= .02). Approximately one quarter of patients with vasospastic angina were associated with type 2 myocardial infarction, and this population should be identified as a new high-risk subgroup of those with vasospastic angina requiring an alternative treatment strategy.