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Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition) Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition)
Rev Esp Cardiol. 2017;70:618-9 - Vol. 70 Num.07 DOI: 10.1016/j.rec.2017.02.037

Predictive Value of the SYNTAX Score in Culprit and Nonculprit Vessel Disease. Response

Carlos Galvão Braga a,b,, Ana Belén Cid-Álvarez a, Alfredo Redondo Diéguez a, Ramiro Trillo-Nouche a

a Servicio de Cardiología, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
b Serviço de Cardiologia, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal

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To the Editor,

We read with great interest the Letter to the Editor by Levent Cerit regarding the article “Multivessel Versus Culprit-only Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in ST-segment Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction: Analysis of an 8-year Registry”.1 As the author points out, there are several reasons that might explain the worse prognosis of patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction and multivessel coronary disease, especially when they have a high SYNTAX score. The burden of anatomic coronary atherosclerosis, whether obstructive or nonobstructive, is likely to be associated with more subclinical atherosclerotic lesions that may rupture and cause an adverse clinical outcome.2, 3 In patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction and multivessel disease who undergo primary percutaneous coronary intervention of the culprit artery, quantification of the remaining coronary artery disease by the residual SYNTAX score may help to identify patients who are at increased risk for adverse events.4 Indeed, in our population, the residual SYNTAX score was an independent predictor of major acute cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality during follow-up; these data have been submitted for publication.

Presently, there is no consensus regarding the management of nonculprit lesions after primary-primary percutaneous coronary intervention. The definition of a score, including anatomic complexity of residual disease, to identify patients who will clearly benefit from multivessel revascularization is desirable, although probably utopic. There are still many questions that need clarification: considering patient, operator and lesion specificities, is standardization possible? Should we treat ischemic lesions, vulnerable plaques or both? Should vulnerable patients (eg, those with left ventricular dysfunction, renal disease, or diabetes) be treated more aggressively?

Until we have an evidence-based strategy, clinical judgement based on Heart Team discussion should be pursued in patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction and complex multivessel disease.

Corresponding author: carlos.galvaobraga@gmail.com

Bibliography

1. Galvão Braga C, Cid-Álvarez AB, Redondo Diéguez A, et al. Multivessel Versus Culprit-only Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in ST-segment Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction: Analysis of an 8-year Registry. Rev Esp Cardiol. 2017;70:425-32.
2. Mancini J, Hartigan P, Shaw L, et al. Predicting outcome in the COURAGE trial (clinical outcomes utilizing revascularization and aggressive drug evalutation). JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2014;7:195-201.
3. Mushtaq S, Gonçalves PA, Garcia-Garcia H, et al. Long-term prognostic effect of coronary atherosclerotic burden: validation of the computed tomography-Leaman score. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015;8:e002332.
4. Díez-Delhoyo F, Sarnago Cebada F, Cressa LM, Rivera-Juárez A, Elízaga J, Fernández-Avilés F. Prognostic Value of the Residual SYNTAX Score in Octogenarian Patients With Non–ST-elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome. Rev Esp Cardiol. 2016;69:217-9.

1885-5857/© 2017 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved

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