, Volume 97, Issue 5, pp 298-305
Date: 28 Dec 2007

Proinflammatory cytokines in acute myocardial infarction with and without cardiogenic shock

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Abstract

Background

Inflammatory response is an important feature of acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction (MI). The prognostic value of proinflammatory cytokines in patients with acute MI complicated by cardiogenic shock is unknown.

Methods and results

In 41 patients admitted with acute MI (age 60 ± 11 years, six females, 19 Killip class IV) serial plasma concentration of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6) and interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) were measured. Seven patients with cardiogenic shock (CS) developed a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Patients with CS—particularly those who developed SIRS—showed significantly higher cytokine levels than patients with uncomplicated MI. In patients with CS and SIRS peak levels of IL-1Ra were 223,973 pg/ml, IL-6 252.8 pg/ml and TNF-α 7.0 pg/ml. In CS without SIRS IL-1Ra levels were 19,988 pg/ml, IL-6 109.3 pg/ml and TNF-α 3.8 pg/ml. In uncomplicated MI peak IL-1Ra levels were 1,088 pg/ml, IL-6 34.1 pg/ml and TNF-α 2.6 pg/ml.

Conclusions

The inflammation-associated cytokines TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1Ra are significantly elevated in patients with MI complicated by CS when compared to patients with uncomplicated MI. Among shock-patients IL-1Ra levels are promising diagnostic markers for early identification of patients developing SIRS, heralding a poor outcome.