Abstract

Cannon, C. P., McCabe, C. H., Wilcox, R. G., Bentley, J. H., Braunwald, E. Association of white blood cell count with increased mortality in acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina pectoris. OPUS-TIMI 16 Investigators Am J Cardiol. 2001;87(5):636-9, A10.

We observed in a study of 7,651 patients with acute coronary syndromes that a white blood cell (WBC) count of > 10,000 was associated with increased 30-day and 10-month mortality (6.2% vs 3.2% to 3.6% for WBC count < 10,000; p < 0.000). With its simplicity and widespread availability, WBC count could serve as a simple, inexpensive, new tool for risk stratification in acute coronary syndromes.

Trial: OPUS-TIMI 16