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AIM: Very few randomized trials have analysed the outcome of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in very elderly patients (≥80 years). An observational study was performed to evaluate the outcome of PPCI in patients of at least 80 years of age who were admitted to our unit. METHODS: We included all patients undergoing PPCI in our unit from September 2009 to November 2011. Results: Of the 1471 patients who underwent PPCI during the study period, 236 (16%) were at least 80 years of age. The mean age was 85 ± 4 years (range 80-99 years, median 85 years). There was a significant difference in in-hospital mortality [14.4 vs. 2.9%, odds ratio (OR) 5.6, 95% confidence interval (CI) 3.4-9.2, P <0.0001], 30-day mortality (20.3 vs. 4%, OR 6.2, 95% CI 4.0-9.5, P <0.0001), 1-year mortality (28.8 vs. 6.2%, OR 6.1, 95% CI 4.2-8.8, P <0.0001), 30-day stent thrombosis (1.7 vs. 0.4%, OR 4.2, 95% CI 1.1-15.9, P = 0.04) and non-coronary artery bypass grafting major bleed (5.9 vs. 3%, OR 2, 95% CI 1.1-3.8, P = 0.03) between patients aged at least 80 years and those less than 80 years. Conclusion: The mortality in our patients of at least 80 years was similar to the previously published data, despite the advances in PPCI procedures. Considering the increasing number of octogenarian patients with STEMI at the present time, there is a need for a randomized trial to compare the different treatment strategies for STEMI. © 2014 Italian Federation of Cardiology.

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Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine

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