N Engl J Med 2021 Aug 29. Epub 2021 Aug 29.
From Heart Center Leipzig at the University of Leipzig, Departments of Internal Medicine-Cardiology (S.D., A.F., J.P., M.A.-W., P.L., A.J., H.T.) and Cardiac Surgery (S.W.-T.), Leipzig Heart Institute (S.D., A.F., A.J., H.T.), and University Clinic Leipzig (K.L.), Leipzig, University Heart Center Lübeck (S.D., T.G., I.E., G.F., A.J.) and the Center for Clinical Trials (D.O., S.B., K.K.) and the Institute for Medical Biometry and Statistics (F.S., I.R.K., M.V.), University of Lübeck, Lübeck, the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (S.D., A.F., I.A., M. Behnes, M.R.P., T.A.Z., C.S., U.L., T.G., I.E., G.F., F.H., S.B.F., S.F., J.L., M.J., C.L., C.J., A.J., D.O., F.S., I.R.K., S.B., M.V., K.K.) and University Clinic Charité, Campus Benjamin Franklin (C.S., U.L.), Berlin, University Clinic Mannheim, Mannheim (I.A., M. Behnes), the Department of Cardiology, Angiology, and Pneumology, University Hospital of Heidelberg, Heidelberg (M.R.P., T.A.Z.), Kliniken Maria Hilf, Mönchengladbach (H.H.), University Clinic Würzburg, Würzburg (P.N.), University Clinic Greifswald, Greifswald (F.H., S.B.F.), University Clinic Frankfurt, Frankfurt (S.F.), Rechts der Isar Hospital, Technical University (J.L.), and the Department of Cardiology, German Heart Center (M.J.), Munich, the Department of Cardiology, Pneumology and Intensive Care, St. Vincenz Hospital, Limburg (S.S.), Kerckhoff Clinic, Bad Nauheim (C.L.), the Departments of Acute and Emergency Medicine and of Cardiology and Angiology, Elisabeth Hospital Essen, Essen (I.V.), Klinikum Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen (U.Z.), University Clinic Marien Hospital Herne, Klinikum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Herne (M. Brand), the University Heart Center, Bad Krozingen (R.S.), Diakonissenkrankenhaus Flensburg, Flensburg (J.H.), University Medicine Göttingen, Göttingen (C.J.), and Vincentius-Diakonissen Hospital, Karlsruhe (C.J.) - all in Germany; the Division of Cardiology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna (T.A.Z.); and the Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, and the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen - both in Copenhagen (C.H., T.E.).
Background: Myocardial infarction is a frequent cause of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. However, the benefits of early coronary angiography and revascularization in resuscitated patients without electrocardiographic evidence of ST-segment elevation are unclear.
Methods: In this multicenter trial, we randomly assigned 554 patients with successfully resuscitated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of possible coronary origin to undergo either immediate coronary angiography (immediate-angiography group) or initial intensive care assessment with delayed or selective angiography (delayed-angiography group). Read More