Mechanical complications after myocardial infarction reliably predicted using C-reactive protein levels and lymphocytopenia.

@article{Widmer2003MechanicalCA,
  title={Mechanical complications after myocardial infarction reliably predicted using C-reactive protein levels and lymphocytopenia.},
  author={Anouk Widmer and Andre Z. Linka and Christine Helena Attenhofer Jost and Barbara Buergi and Hans Peter Brunner-La Rocca and F. A. Salomon and Burkhardt Seifert and Rolf Jenni},
  journal={Cardiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={99 1},
  pages={25-31}
}
We assessed the accuracy of C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and lymphocyte counts to predict a mechanical complication (MC) after myocardial infarction (MI). Within 10 years, we identified 36 patients with 39 echocardiographically confirmed MC within 30 days of MI: ventricular septal defect (17 cases), papillary muscle rupture (10 cases), and left ventricular free wall rupture (12 cases). They were compared to 41 controls with an uncomplicated hospital course after MI. Peak CRP levels and… CONTINUE READING

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