Efficacy and Safety of Out-of-Hospital Intravenous Metoprolol Administration in Anterior ST-Segment Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction: Insights From the METOCARD-CNIC Trial.

Annals of Emergency Medicine

PubMedID: 25129820

Mateos A, García-Lunar I, García-Ruiz JM, Pizarro G, Fernández-Jiménez R, Huertas P, García-Álvarez A, Fernández-Friera L, Bravo J, Flores-Arias J, Barreiro MV, Chayán-Zas L, Corral E, Fuster V, Sánchez-Brunete V, Ibáñez B, METOCARD-CNIC Investigators. Efficacy and Safety of Out-of-Hospital Intravenous Metoprolol Administration in Anterior ST-Segment Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction: Insights From the METOCARD-CNIC Trial. Ann Emerg Med. 2015;65(3):318-24.
STUDY OBJECTIVE
We seek to examine the efficacy and safety of prereperfusion emergency medical services (EMS)-administered intravenous metoprolol in anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients undergoing eventual primary angioplasty.

METHODS
This is a prespecified subgroup analysis of the Effect of Metoprolol in Cardioprotection During an Acute Myocardial Infarction trial population, who all eventually received oral metoprolol within 12 to 24 hours. We studied patients receiving intravenous metoprolol by EMS and compared them with others treated by EMS but not receiving intravenous metoprolol. Outcomes included infarct size and left ventricular ejection fraction on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at 1 week, and safety by measuring the incidence of the predefined combined endpoint (composite of death, malignant ventricular arrhythmias, advanced atrioventricular block, cardiogenic shock, or reinfarction) within the first 24 hours.

RESULTS
From the total population of the trial (N=270), 147 patients (54%) were recruited during out-of-hospital assistance and transferred to the primary angioplasty center (74 intravenous metoprolol and 73 controls). Infarct size was smaller in patients receiving intravenous metoprolol compared with controls (23.4 [SD 15.0] versus 34.0 [SD 23.7] g; adjusted difference -11.4; 95% confidence interval [CI] -18.6 to -4.3). Left ventricular ejection fraction was higher in the intravenous metoprolol group (48.1% [SD 8.4%] versus 43.1% [SD 10.2%]; adjusted difference 5.0; 95% CI 1.6 to 8.4). Metoprolol administration did not increase the incidence of the prespecified safety combined endpoint: 6.8% versus 17.8% in controls (risk difference -11.1; 95% CI -21.5 to -0.6).

CONCLUSION
Out-of-hospital administration of intravenous metoprolol by EMS within 4.5 hours of symptom onset in our subjects reduced infarct size and improved left ventricular ejection fraction with no excess of adverse events during the first 24 hours.