Journal of Blood Research & Hematologic Diseases

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Opinion Article, J Blood Res Hematol Dis Vol: 7 Issue: 2

Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction and Anemia and the Effects of Restrictive and Liberal Blood Transfusion Strategies

Shaw Werner*

Department of Medicine and Life Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

*Corresponding Author:Shaw Werner
Department of Medicine and Life Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Email: [email protected]

Received date: 01 March, 2022, Manuscript No. JBRHD-22-59970;
Editor assigned date: 04 March, 2022; Pre QC No. JBRHD-22-59970 (PQ);
Reviewed date: 14 March, 2022, QC No. JBRHD-22-59970;
Revised date: 23 March, 2022, Manuscript No: JBRHD-22-59970 (R);
Published date: 30 March, 2022, DOI: 10.4172/jbrhd.1000147.

Citation: Werner S (2022) Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction and Anemia and the Effects of Restrictive and Liberal Blood Transfusion Strategies. J Blood Res Hematol Dis 7:2.

Keywords: Myocardial


Anemia, whether present or absent, is prevalent in individuals with Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and has a negative impact on prognosis. In the context of acute coronary syndromes, even moderate levels of anaemia (haemoglobin levels of 10-12 g/dL) are related with increased cardiovascular mortality when compared to normal haemoglobin values. When hemoglobin levels fall below 10 g/dL, transfusion is frequently considered, but clinical practise varies widely due to a lack of reliable data. Only two small randomised trials (including 45 and 110 patients) have examined restrictive versus liberal transfusion techniques in this scenario, and observational studies have produced contradictory outcomes. Large randomised trials comparing transfusion techniques in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding and those having surgical procedures revealed that a limited strategy was generally beneficial, but these trials did not include patients with AMI.

Transfusion has potential harmful effects, logistical problems (especially for blood supply), and cost, in addition to an unknown benefit in patients with AMI. The Restrictive and Liberal Transfusion Strategies in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction (REALITY) randomised trial sought to see if a restrictive transfusion approach was clinically equivalent to a liberal transfusion strategy.

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A restrictive transfusion strategy compared to a liberal transfusion strategy resulted in a noninferior rate of MACE after 30 days in patients with AMI and anemia. The CI, on the other hand, included what could be a clinically significant hazard.

Anemia is frequent in AMI patients and is linked to poor clinical outcomes. In theory, transfusion should boost oxygen delivery; hence patients with acute myocardial ischemia should have a liberal transfusion approach. However, data suggest that, due to red blood cell depletion in nitric oxide and 2,3-diphosphoglyceric acid during storage, oxygen delivery is not always increased in patients receiving transfusions, and that, on the contrary, transfusion may increase platelet activation and aggregation and cause vasoconstriction. Observational studies have produced ambiguous results and are vulnerable to unmeasured confounding, underscoring the importance of randomised trials. Only two short randomised trials examining transfusion in people with myocardial infarction are available to our knowledge, and they came to opposing findings. The first trial, which included 45 patients, found an apparent benefit of a restrictive transfusion strategy over a liberal strategy, while the second pilot trial, which included 110 patients, found numerically fewer cardiac events and deaths with a liberal strategy but no statistically significant difference, prompting the authors to support the need for a definitive trial. There is a lot of diversity in clinical practise when it comes to transfusions for AMI patients. Multiple appeals have been made for greater evidence from randomised trials, given the clinical community's continued disagreement about whether transfusion approach is best in the specific situation of AMI.

In this population, there is uncertainty about the best transfusion approach and what haemoglobin level should trigger transfusion. The current trial found statistical noninferiority of the restrictive method compared to the liberal strategy in both the as-randomized and as-treated populations in patients with AMI and anaemia, suggesting some confidence in the findings. The margin chosen to proclaim noninferiority, on the other hand, is essential to the interpretation of the findings. This decision can be made based on the calculation of preserving at least a portion of the benefit of an existing treatment (often in the range of 50 percent preservation of the benefit). To our knowledge, no trial has compared transfusion with no transfusion in the context of AMI. However, a major observational study investigating the link between anaemia and mortality following AMI found that the risk of MACE rose with each 1-g/dL drop in haemoglobin below 11 g/dL, with an adjusted odds ratio of 1.45 (95 percent CI, 1.33-1.58).

Because the projected difference in haemoglobin value was expected to surpass 1 g/dL, a 25% relative noninferiority margin would maintain a significant portion of the expected benefit of transfusion (as was actually observed). The noninferiority margin should also be justified on clinical grounds, based on an assessment of what clinicians would consider clinically acceptable as a potential loss of efficacy with a "experimental" technique compared to a "established" strategy, given the former's merits. In the current situation, the limited strategy's possible benefits would include reduced consumption of increasingly scarce blood resources, reduced transfusion-associated side effects, potential cost savings, and logistical gains connected to transfusion implementation. The 25 percent relative increase chosen as the margin for noninferiority was more conservative than many recent major studies, but it did not remove inferiority. In any event, practitioners are advised to interpret noninferiority thresholds using their own discretion. Although the restrictive method had a numerically poorer 30-day primary clinical outcome, this difference did not reach statistical significance for superiority. Although the choice to start transfusion should not be based just on haemoglobin levels, the results imply that a limited method, which had no obvious logistical drawbacks, may have appeal. Because most patients with AMI are given -blockers, heart rate was not taken into account when the decision to start transfusion was made.

At 30 days, the key clinical efficacy outcome was a composite of all-cause death, nonfatal stroke, nonfatal recurrent myocardial infarction, or emergency revascularization induced by ischemia. Individual components of the composite MACE outcome at 30 days and 1 year were used as secondary outcomes. In each group, descriptive end points comprised baseline patient characteristics, transfusion utilisation, haemoglobin readings, and bleeding events. The current study looks at clinical outcomes after 30 days. The 1-year results will be provided independently from the cost-effectiveness evaluations. Hemolysis, documented bacteremia acquired after transfusion, multiorgan system dysfunction, acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute heart failure, acute kidney failure, and severe allergic reactions were among the potential adverse effects of transfusion that were monitored during the hospital stay. A critical event committee blinded to treatment assignment and haemoglobin levels adjudicated all components of the primary efficacy clinical outcome as well as sudden heart failure. It was decided to apply the third global definition of myocardial infarction.

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