Simple clinical risk score for no-reflow prediction in patients undergoing primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with acute STEMI

Pak J Med Sci. 2015;31(3):576-81. doi: 10.12669/pjms.313.7484.


Objectives: To identify the STEMI patients at high risk in terms of no-reflow during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with a simple risk score system that can be used before reperfusion.

Methods: Total 173 patients who had undergone primary or rescue percutaneous coronary intervention following the diagnosis of STEMI, were classified as "no-reflow" developers and "no-reflow" non-developers, during the procedure. The pre-procedural ECGs, laboratory parameters, demographic data, time for the treatment, and the treatment methods were evaluated with univariate analysis. The independent predictors were identified by multivariate logistic regression analysis among the no-reflow risk factors. Using the independent predictors, we developed a simple risk score system proportional to area under the ROC (AUROC) curves.

Results: The independent predictors of "no-reflow" phenomenon were identified as follows: high values of blood glucose at reference; long symptom-onset-to-balloon-time; and low lymphocyte count. The incidence rates of "no-reflow" in patients with low (0-1), moderate (2-3) and high (4-6) risk factors were 13.3%, 40.0%, and 46.7%, respectively. The risk score system demonstrated a good risk prediction between patients with various risk levels of the development of "no-reflow" with a c-statistics of 0.734 (95% CI 0.654-0.814).

Conclusion: The development of "no-reflow" which is an adverse event in STEMI treatment can be predicted efficiently by simple clinical risk scoring method.

Keywords: No-reflow; Percutaneous coronary intervention; Risk score; ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).