Effect of combined intracoronary adenosine and nicorandil on no-reflow phenomenon during percutaneous coronary intervention

Sang Yup Lim, Eun Hui Bae, Myung Ho Jeong, Dong Goo Kang, Yeon Sang Lee, Kye Hun Kim, Sang Hyun Lee, Kyung Ho Yoon, Seo Na Hong, Hyung Wook Park, Young Joon Hong, Ju Han Kim, Weon Kim, Young Keun Ahn, Jeong Gwan Cho, Jong Chun Park, Jung Chaee Kang

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Background: This study aimed to clarify the effect of intracoronary administration of combined adenosine and nicorandil on the no-reflow phenomenon. Methods and Results: Fifty patients (67±10 years, 30 male) with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) who developed no-reflow phenomenon during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) between June 2001 and May 2003 comprised the study group, which was divided into 2 groups: group I [25 patients, 67±10 years, 13 male; adenosine (24/μg/ml) alone in addition to nitrate] and group II [25 patients, 66±9 years, 17 male; combined intracoronary administration of adenosine and nicorandil (2mg/ml) in addition to nitrate]. In-hospital and 6-month major adverse cardiac events (MACE) after PCI were compared between the 2 groups. Risk factors of coronary disease, left ventricular ejection fraction and wall motion score were not significantly different between the 2 groups (p=NS). Time interval from the onset of chest pain to PCI, number of involved vessels, lesion type according to ACC/AHA classification and TIMI flow grade (TFG) were not significantly different in both groups (p=NS). Incidence of thrombosis or dissection after balloon angioplasty, diameter and length of stent, and use of Reopro® during PCI were not significantly different. TFG after PCI (2.0±0.9 vs 2.6±0.6, p=0.024), ΔTFG (1.5±1.1 vs 2.2±1.0, p=0.033) and difference in TIMI frame count (TFC) before and after PCI (ΔTFC) were greater in group II than group I (45.2±24.5 vs 63.6±23.2, p=0.014). Myocardial blush score 3 was obtained more frequently in group II than group I (44% vs 76%, p=0.014). In-hospital death did not occur in any of group II, but 4 patients of group I died (p=0.043). Two cases of MACE developed in each group and heart failure occurred in 3 (12%) of group I and 1 (4%) of group II patients during the 6-month follow-up (p=NS). Conclusions: Intracoronary administration of adenosine combined with nicorandil may improve both the occurrence of no-reflow in patients during PCI for AMI and short-term clinical outcome, compared with adenosine alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-932
Number of pages5
JournalCirculation Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenosine
  • Coronary disease
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Nicorandil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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