Guideline adherence after ST-segment elevation versus non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

Keith A. Somma, Deepak L. Bhatt, Gregg C. Fonarow, Christopher P. Cannon, Margueritte Cox, Warren Laskey, W. Frank Peacock, Adrian F. Hernandez, Eric D. Peterson, Lee Schwamm, Leslie A. Saxon

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Background: Clinical guidelines recommend similar medical therapy for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation MI (NSTEMI). Methods and Results: Using the Get with the Guidelines-Coronary Artery Disease registry (GWTG-CAD), we analyzed data including 72 352 patients (48 966, NSTEMI;23 386, STEMI) from 237 US sites between May 1, 2006 and March 21, 2010. Performance and quality measures were compared between NSTEMI and STEMI patients. NSTEMI patients were older and had a higher rate of medical comorbidities compared with STEMI patients, including prior coronary artery disease (38.5% versus 24.7%; P<0.0001), heart failure (17.5% versus 6.2%; P<0.0001), hypertension (70.8% versus 59.1%; P<0.0001) and diabetes mellitus (34.9 versus 23.3%; P<0.0001). Adjusting for confounding variables, STEMI patients were more likely to receive aspirin within 24 hours 98.5% versus 97.1% (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 1.63;95% confdence interval [CI], 1.32-2.02), be discharged on aspirin 98.5% versus 97.3% (AOR, 1.33;95% CI, 1.19-1.49), β-blockers 98.2% versus 96.9% (AOR, 1.48;95% CI, 1.35-1.63), or lipid-lowering medication for low-density lipoprotein level >100 mg/dL 96.8% versus 91.0% (AOR, 1.85;95% CI, 1.61-2.13). STEMI patients were also more likely to receive β-blockers within 24 hours of hospital arrival 93.9% versus 90.8% (AOR, 1.57;95% CI, 1.37-1.79) and the following discharge medications: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blocking agents 85.3% versus 77.4% (AOR, 1.62;95% CI, 1.51-1.75), clopidogrel 85.6% versus 67.0% (AOR, 2.42;95% CI, 2.23-2.61) or lipid-lowering medications 94.8% versus 88.0% (AOR, 1.71;95% CI, 1.56-1.86). Conclusions: Among hospitals participating in GWTG-CAD, adherence with guideline-based medical therapy was high for patients with both STEMI and NSTEMI. Yet, there is still room for further improvement, particularly in the care of NSTEMI patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-661
Number of pages8
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes
  • ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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