Fibrinogen as a predictor of mortality after acute myocardial infarction: a forty-two-month follow-up study.

Abrignani, M.; Di Girolamo, A.

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Background. Several studies suggest that fibrinogen may be considered an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease, but it is still on debate if we need its evaluation during an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) to prevent future fatal or non-fatal cardiovascular events. Therefore, we decided to investigate this field. Methods. We studied 92 male patients with AMI, evaluating at admission age, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, cigarette smoking, ejection fraction, plasma levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, fibrinogen, glycemia, and white blood cell count. All patients were followed up for 42 months to evaluate total mortality and cardiovascular morbidity. Results. During the follow-up 5 patients died and 64 had one or more non-fatal cardiovascular events: angina (n = 78), heart failure (n = 17), re-AMI (n = 3), stroke (n = 3), or revascularization procedure (n = 16). A multivariate analysis revealed that fibrinogen plasma levels at admission (r = +0.213, p < 0.05) were independently associated with mortality, while systemic thrombolysis was negatively associated (r = -0.447, p < 0.0001). Conclusions. Plasma fibrinogen levels were the only independent predictor of mortality in a 42- month follow-up post-AMI. This finding, together with other observations from recent studies, suggest that fibrinogen evaluation during AMI may be useful in identifying patients at higher risk of acute event recurrence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalItalian Heart Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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