Mortality within 24 hours of thrombolysis for myocardial infarction: The importance of early reperfusion
Even with aggressive management regimens, mortality within the first 24 hours accounted for a large proportion of postthrombolytic deaths. Patients dying early were more likely to present with pump failure than were those dying later and were more likely to diet of events related to left ventricular dysfunction, although cardiac tamponade also accounted for a significant minority of these deaths. Thus, the severity of the clinical presentation rather than the underlying risk factors predicts early mortality. Based on the angiographic substudy data, it appears that rather than hastening early mortality, successful restoration of complete antegrade flow in the infarct-related artery protects against early death.