What are the ACC/AHA/SCAI guidelines on PCI for acute coronary syndrome (ACS)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: David L Coven, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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In 2015 the ACC, AHA, and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) issued revised recommendations for PCI in STEMI patients, summarized below. [120]

Class IIb

PCI should not be performed in a noninfarct artery at the time of primary PCI in patients who are hemodynamically stable. (Level of evidence: B)

PCI of a noninfarct artery may be considered in selected patients with multivessel disease who are hemodynamically stable, either at the time of primary PCI or as a planned staged procedure. (Level of evidence: B-R)

The usefulness of selective and bailout aspiration thrombectomy in patients undergoing primary PCI is not well established. (Level of evidence: C-LD)

Class III

Routine aspiration thrombectomy before primary PCI is not useful. (Level of evidence: A)

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