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Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia

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SANTOS, Elizabete Silva dos et al. Electrical cardioversion and myocardial injury: evaluation by new cardiac injury markers. Arq. Bras. Cardiol. [online]. 2006, vol.86, n.3, pp. 191-197. ISSN 1678-4170.

OBJECTIVE: Evaluate, based on the evolution of new biochemical markers of cardiac damage, if electrical cardioversion (ECV) causes myocardial injury. METHODS: Seventy-six patients (P) submitted to elective ECV for atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter were evaluated. Creatine phosphokinase (CPK), CK-MB activity, CK-MB mass, myoglobin and cardiac troponin I (cTnI) were measured before, and 6 and 24 hours after ECV. RESULTS: ECV was successful in 58 P (76.3%). Cumulative energy (CE) was up to 350 joules (J) in 36 P, from 500 to 650 J in 20 P and from 900 to 960 J in 20 P; the mean energy delivered being 493 J (± 309). The levels of cTnI remained within normal limits in all 76 P. The increase of cumulative energy led to an elevation of CPK levels (> p value = 0.007), CK-MB activity (> p value = 0.002), CK-MB mass (> p value = 0.03), and myoglobin (> p value = 0.015). A positive correlation between the cumulative energy and CPK peaks was observed (r = 0.660; p < 0.001), CK-MB activity (r = 0.429; p < 0.0001), CK-MB mass (r = 0.265; p = 0.02), and myoglobin (r = 0.684; p < 0.0001), as well as between the number of shocks and the CPK peaks (r = 0.770; p < 0.001), CK-MB activity (r = 0.642; p < 0.0001), CK-MB mass (r = 0.430; p < 0,0001), and myoglobin (r = 0.745; p < 0.0001). CONCLUSION: ECV does not cause myocardial injury detectable by cTnI measurement. Elevations of CPK, CK-MB activity, CK-MB mass and myoglobin result from skeletal muscle injury and are positively correlated with the CE delivered or with the number of shocks.

Keywords : Cardioversion; myocardial injury; cardiac troponin I..

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