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1 THE NEW SIGN GUIDELINES Malcolm Metcalfe Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

2 SIGN guidelines 6th February 2007


4 SIGN 93 - ACS Principle recommendations Patients with NSTEMI at medium or high risk of early recurrent cardiovascular events should undergo early coronary angiography +/- intervention. –GRACE score rather than TIMI recommended Patients with STEMI treated with thrombolysis should be considered for coronary angiography +/- intervention –4 RCTs. Eg GRACIA -1, at 1 year 12% ARR, 56%RRR combined end point.

5 Risk assessment using the TIMI score (JAMA 2000; 284: 835-)

6 GRACE score

7 Pharmacological highlights Clopidogrel in NSTEMI for only 3 months (saves £2M) All patients with established vascular disease should be on ACEI Patients with MI, LVD (LVEF <40%) with either heart failure or diabetes should be given eplerenone

8 SIGN 94 - Arrhythmias Defibrillation in patients with VF or pulseless VT should be administered without delay in witnessed cardiac arrests and following 2 minutes of CPR in unwitnessed cardiac arrests [B]. Automated external defibrillators should be sited in locations which have a high probability of cardiac arrests [B]. IV amiodarone should be considered for the management of refractory VT/VF [A]

9 SIGN 94 - Arrhythmias In AF rate control is the recommended strategy for asymptomatic patients [A] Ventricular rate in AF should be controlled with B blockers, rate-limiting Ca antagonists or digoxin [A]. Ablation and pacing should be considered for patients with AF who remain severely symptomatic or who have LV dysfunction in association with poor rate control or intolerance of rate-limiting medication [B].

10 SIGN 94 - Arrhythmias Patients 1 month after MI with symptomatic LV dysfunction (<35%) should be considered for ICD [A]. Patients with NSVT (esp if inducible), LVEF < 25% or prolonged QRS should be offered ICD [B] Patients with above but also NYHA III-IV and QRS >120 should be considered for CRT-D [A] Patients surviving cardiac arrest in absence of ischaemia or other treatable cause should be considered for ICD [A]

11 SIGN 95 Management of CHF BNP and/or ECG should be used to indicate the necessity for echocardiography in patients with suspected heart failure [A]. A CXR is still recommended early in the diagnostic pathway to investigate other potential causes of SOB [B].


13 Pharmacology ACEIs recommended for all grades of LVSD [A] B Blockers recommended for all stable LVSD patients [A] Patients intolerant of ACEI should be given ARB [A] Patients with LVSD who are still symptomatic despite above can be considered for an ARB as additional therapy [B] Digoxin should be considered as add on therapy [B]

14 Devices For patients in SR with drug refractory symptoms due to LVSD and who are in NYHA III or IV with a QRS duration >120ms - CRT should be considered [A]. Caveats –benefit may be greatest for NYHA II-III –RBBB does not appear to benefit

15 Mean Follow-up 36.4 months (range 26.1 to 52.6) CRT Deaths = 101 (24.7%) (cross-over 4.6%) Medical Therapy Deaths = 154 (38.1%) (cross-over 23.5%) CARE-HF Extension Study Effect of CRT on All-Cause Mortality 40938335833820985 40437233129817863 CRT Medical therapy Number at risk 9 6 CRT Medical Therapy 04001600 0.00 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 Survival Time (days) 8001200 Hazard Ratio 0.60 (95% CI 0.47 to 0.77; P<0.0001) Also 52% reduction in the rate of hospitalisation for worsening heart failure

16 CARE-HF Extension Study Time to Sudden Cardiac Death CRT Medical Therapy 01600 0.00 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 Survival Time (days) 4008001200 Medical = 54 sudden deaths (13.4%) CRT = 32 sudden deaths (7.8%) Absolute difference = 22 (5.6%) Mean Follow-up 36.4 months (range 26.1 to 52.6) HR 0.54 (95% CI 0.35 to 0.84) P=0.006 You Don't Need an ICD to Reduce the Risk of SCD

17 SIGN 96 - Stable angina B blockers first choice [A] Rate-limiting Ca antgonists 2nd choice [A] All patients should receive statin and aspirin LMS - CABG [A] 3VD - CABG preferred [A] Other disease either PCI or CABG [A] B Blockers are recommended in high-risk patients with cad undergoing non-cardiac surgery [A]

18 RISK FACTORS (SIGN 97 RISK ESTIMATION & PREVENTION OF CORONARY DISEASE) Change in emphasis to embrace social deprivation (ASSIGN) –classical risk factors –FH if <60 years –SIMD (by postcode) Calculation will be via computer desktop and value expressed as continuous variable.

19 RISK FACTOR MANGEMENT –age –sex –smoking status –BP –DM –waist/Hip ratio –dietary pattern –physical activity –alcohol consumption –lipid levels –psychosocial factors (“stress”) Framingham factors underestimate risk in high risk individuals (eg social deprivation)


21 Is it feasible, will it do any good? Whilst good evidence that deprivation score is proportional to risk little evidence that targeting it will gain advantage (level D evidence) Makes things more complex Expensive –statins £43M, better BP control £2.8M

22 Avoid bad habits...

23 TREATMENT THRESHOLD Individuals should be considered to be at high risk if the chance of an initial major vascular event is >20% over 10 years.

24 What level to treat to?

25 Absolute Reduction in LDL-Cholesterol (mmol/l) and Absolute Reduction in Risk of Major Cardiac Event (MCE) Adapted from Joint British Societies’ Guidelines 1

26 STATIN EXPENSE The more aggressive the policy the more expensive the treatment. Benefits unclear. Recommendation therefore to keep to existing standards of achieving TC <5mmol/l (LDL <3) This however is the minimum standard and for certain high risk patients a more aggressive policy may be appropriate

27 ASPIRIN Despite widespread belief of benefit still controversial. –no dispute re secondary prevention –more complex for primary prevention reduces MI by 30% in males, 0% in females increases haemorrhagic CVA by 40% increases gi bleeding by 70% generally no overall benefit however when cvs risk >15% may be of net benefit. Consider use for high risk individuals

28 ACEIs for patients with vascular disease but not LV systolic dysfunction Good evidence for benefit in higher risk patients (level A) –PVD –CVD –Diabetes No evidence of significant benefit for low-risk individuals

29 HOPE study

30 And finally...

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