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Mini Review Volume 6 Issue 2

Evidence of percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with coronary disease: clinical nursing practice

Marcel Ricardo Chiarini de Oliveira,1 Daniela de Araújo Gian Grossi,2 Ana Lucia Gargione Galvão Sant Anna,3 Regimar Carla Machado4

1Specialist in Nursing in Critical Care/Cardiology, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
2Specialist in Intensive Care Nursing with emphasis in Clinical and Surgical Cardiology, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
3Master in Biomedical Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
4PhD in Sciences by the Graduate Program in Cardiovascular Surgery, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

Correspondence: Regimar Carla Machado, Federal University of São Carlos, Highway Washington Luís, Km 235-PO Box 676, Brazil

Received: August 12, 2017 | Published: March 21, 2019

citation: Oliveira MRC, Grossi DAG, Anna ALGGS, et al. Evidence of percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with coronary disease: clinical nursing practice. Nurse Care Open Acces J. 2019;6(2):51-52. DOI: 10.15406/ncoaj.2019.06.00183

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The research allowed to investigate the evidence of percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with coronary artery disease to support clinical nursing practice. This study suggests that percutaneous coronary intervention is the reperfusion strategy of choice in patients with STEMI when performed by an experienced team on time. May present better results when compared to thrombolytic therapy and facilitated percutaneous coronary intervention, while optimizing the access and use of this type of intervention is necessary. The study demonstrated that primary percutaneous coronary intervention has greater evidence when compared to other therapies.

Keywords: coronary artery disease. myocardial infarction, myocardial reperfusion, angioplasty, nurse


In Brazil, cardiovascular diseases occupy the first place in the causes of death,1,2 Corresponding to the third largest responsible for hospitalizations and causing about 32.0% of deaths in the country.3 Acute coronary syndromes are clinical signs and symptoms caused by coronary obstruction due to the presence of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque, which causes myocardial ischemia.3‒5

Studies show that in 2020, acute coronary syndrome will cause about 40% of deaths, with the main cause of acute myocardial infarction,3,4 Which may occur under two distinct types observed by means of the electrocardiogram examination comprising acute and non-elevated myocardial infarction of the supra ST segment. Patients with total obstruction of a coronary vessel may present with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with supra ST (SST).6

The effectiveness of hospital care and the reduction of mortality in patients with AMI with SST depend on factors such as diagnosis in the emergency department and the rapidity of vessel clearance. The time interval between the admission of the patient in a prompt care and the reopening of the occluded vessel is called the balloon time, which must be less than or equal to 90 minutes.7 Intra-hospital treatments include reperfusion therapies, which are performed by chemical interventions (use of fibrinolytics) or mechanical (percutaneous coronary intervention, revascularization).8

Regarding the mechanical interventions of acute myocardial infarction with supra ST, there is an increasing use of percutaneous coronary intervention (10), which presents an excellent option to obtain coronary reperfusion when started within the time of the balloon, being Capable of restoring coronary flow in more than 90.0% of patients, reducing mortality, reinfarction and stroke.8

Primary percutaneous coronary intervention is characterized by the use of a balloon catheter or coronary stent implantation, without previous use of fibrinolytic, in order to mechanically restore anterograde coronary flow.3,8 Percutaneous coronary intervention is divided into primary when no previous use of fibrinolytics has occurred; facilitated, in which the previous use of fibrinolytics; and salvage therapy, which is used when treatment with fibrinolytics did not achieve the expected result.9

In order to be successful in the care of patients with Coronary Artery Disease, a specialized nursing team is needed, mainly for the early diagnosis (electrocardiogram) and the beginning of the interventions. Thus, the objective was to investigate the evidence of primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients who presented coronary artery disease to support the clinical practice of the nurse.

Percutaneous coronary intervention

A meta-analysis has shown that PCI reduces short-term mortality, reinfarction, and stroke in comparison to fibrinolysis,10 Confirming the results of the present study, even fibrinolytic therapy resulting in up to 50% reduction in mortality if administered within 3 hours after the onset of symptoms.11

In the study12 published in 2013, it was found that a strategic alignment of pre-hospital fibrinolysis and antithrombotic co-therapy with timely cineangiocoronariography resulted in effective reperfusion in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction who presented within 3 hours after the onset of symptoms and who could not undergo PCI within 1 hour of first medical contact. However, fibrinolysis was associated with a slightly increased risk of intracranial hemorrhage compared to the group treated with primary PCI. It is worth noting that this study did not include patients who underwent primary PCI less than one hour after the first medical contact and this may be a limitation of the study that favors the results in relation to the group treated with early fibrinolytic therapy, but which may be Consistent with the reality of the Brazilian health system, where logistics and structure hardly allow immediate access to primary PCI for patients with AMI with ST segment elevation.

In a Danish study,13 a delay time for primary PCI of 0 to 60 minutes (n=347) corresponded to a long-term mortality rate of 15.4% (n=43); A delay of 61 to 120 minutes (n=2643) with a rate of 23.3% (n=380); A delay of 121 to 180 minutes (n=2092) with a rate of 28.1% (n=378); And a delay of 181 to 360 minutes (n=1127) at a rate of 30.8% (n=275) (p<0.001).

However, it is known that in Brazil a minority of cases is executed in such a way and there are many reasons for the delay and the inadequate functioning of this system. In addition, there is still a frequent delay in the arrival of the patient to the hemodynamic service, mainly due to lack of logistics (transport unfeasibility, inadequate road network, difficulty access, chaotic traffic) or long distance between patient and care. Dedicated and dedicated hospitals often only adhere only partially to infarct care protocols and/or fail to qualify the care system, a situation that is most critical outside business hours. In addition to this, we also have a poor distribution of specialized centers over the national territory.14

It can be inferred that the greatest challenge regarding the treatment of AMI is to make the use of primary PCI more widely available, since it is a less invasive and efficient technique, which brings a rapid recovery, decreasing long-term institution expenses Of hospitalization (in cases of delayed search for patients with AMI), in addition to the earlier re-inclusion of the patient in the society. For this, there should be expansion of specialized hemodynamic sectors and optimization of the education of the population regarding the signs/symptoms of AMI, as well as the creation of an ample transfer system in order to attend the community.

Implications for nurses' clinical practice

Evidence-based practice is characterized by the "conscious, explicit, and judicious use of the best current evidence for decision-making about individual patient care"13 making it possible to implement interventions that meet the individual's real needs and encourage the search for scientific knowledge. In this sense, the nurse practitioner performs his function by making a decision focused on caring, knowledge, responsibility, concern and interaction, aiming at the therapy and the solution of the individual's needs, be it in the prevention, curative or rehabilitation.3,4,15 On the other hand, besides the care, the nurse performs educational activities and needs theoretical knowledge in order to promote health.


The nurse performs important functions in the periods considered pre, intra and post procedure. In the period before the intervention, it has an important role in describing the procedure to the patient, in the orientation regarding fasting, puncture of venous access. During the procedure, the organization of the room in which it will be performed, monitoring the patient's vital signs. After the intervention, the nurse performs guidelines for absolute rest in the bed, maintenance of the compressive dressing, investigation of the signs of poor perfusion of the member, in which the angioplasty was performed, monitoring of the vital signs, and being available for possible doubts.


Thank you to the woman involved in the case study, thank you for your confidence.

Conflict of interest

The authors report no conflicts of interest.


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