Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Early post resuscitation cardiac catheterization
---is associated with improved survival, overall and neurologically intact, in this meta-analysis. The analysis was based on low level data. There were no randomized trials. The data were not restricted to patients who met STEMI criteria although, as one would expect, “STEMI patients” were subjected to early invasive treatment more often than others. The analysis led the authors to conclude that early cardiac catheterization is reasonable in post arrest patients in whom a cardiac cause is even suspected, and that the decision should not be based solely on the presence or absence of ECG STEMI findings.