Gibson, C. M., Murphy, S. A., Marble, S. J., McCabe, C. H., Antman, E. M., Cannon, C. P., Braunwald, E. Can we replace the 90-minute thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grades with those at 60 minutes as a primary end point in thrombolytic trials? TIMI Study Group Am J Cardiol. 2001;87(4):450-3, A6.

The establishment of patency (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction [TIMI] grade 2 or 3 flow) and/or TIMI grade 3 flow at 60 minutes after thrombolytic administration is both a univariate and multivariate predictor of in-hospital and 30-day mortality, and the odds ratios for mortality are nearly identical for TIMI grade 3 flow at 60 and 90 minutes. Thus, the 60-minute angiographic end point appears to be a valid alternative to that at 90 minutes and may permit earlier decisions regarding post-thrombolytic intervention.

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