Association of antiplatelet therapy with patient outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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  • BACKGROUND: Cessation of blood flow during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) results in microvascular thrombosis, protracted hypoperfusion after return of spontaneous circulation and damage to vital organs. We tested the hypothesis that pre-arrest antiplatelet and anticoagulant medication use would be associated with less post-arrest organ dysfunction and better outcomes. METHODS: We included OHCA patients treated from January 2005 to October 2014 at a single academic medical center. We combined our prospective OHCA registry of clinical and demographic data with a structured chart review to abstract home antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications. We fit unadjusted and adjusted regression models to test the association of antiplatelet and anticoagulant medication use with early post-arrest illness severity, survival and functionally favorable recovery. RESULTS: Of 1054 subjects, 295 (28%) were prescribed an antiplatelet agent and 147 (14%) were prescribed an anticoagulant prior to arrest. In adjusted models, antiplatelet agents were associated with lower post-arrest illness severity (adjusted OR 0.50 95% CI 0.33-0.77), greater odds of survival to discharge (adjusted OR 1.74 95% CI 1.08-2.80) and greater odds favorable functional outcome (adjusted OR 2.11 95% CI 1.17-3.79). By contrast, anticoagulation via any agent was not associated with illness severity, survival to discharge or favorable outcome. CONCLUSION: Preventing intra-arrest and post-arrest microvascular thrombosis via antiplatelet agents could represent a novel therapeutic target to improve outcomes after OHCA.
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  • Resuscitation  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Anticoagulant, Cardiac arrest, Hemostasis, Platelet inhibition, Post-cardiac arrest syndrome, Thrombosis, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Anticoagulants, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors, Prospective Studies, Recovery of Function, Regression Analysis, Severity of Illness Index, Treatment Outcome
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  • Gianforcaro A; Kurz M; Guyette FX; Callaway CW; Rittenberger JC; Elmer J; Pittsburgh Post-Cardiac Arrest Service
  • Start Page

  • 98
  • End Page

  • 103
  • Volume

  • 121