In patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI), primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is often not available or is subject to delays. The GRupo de Análisis de la Cardiopata Isquémica Aguda (GRACIA-2) study evaluated whether lytic-based early routine PCI was a reasonable option for STEMI patients.


The GRACIA-2 study randomly assigned 212 STEMI patients within 12 h of symptom onset to treatment with full tenecteplase followed by stenting within 3 to 12 h of randomisation (n=104) or to undergo primary stenting with abciximab within 3 h of randomisation (n=108).

The primary endpoint was post-PCI epicardial and myocardial reperfusion, and the extent of left ventricular myocardial damage (infarct size and left ventricular function at 6 weeks).

Secondary endpoints included acute bleeding, and the composite at 6 months of death, re-infarction, stroke, and repeat ischaemia-driven coronary revascularisation.

GRACIA-2: Study design

GRACIA  2  Study  design GRACIA 2 randomised STEMI patients into facilitated intervention or optimal primary PCI group to primarily observe adequate revascularisation and extent of myocardial damage.

Thrombolysis followed by early routine PCI resulted in a higher incidence of complete epicardial and myocardial reperfusion (21% vs 6%, p=0.03) compared to primary PCI.

Both groups were similar in terms of the 6-month cumulative incidence of death, non-fatal re-infarction, disabling stroke, and ischaemia-driven revascularisation (9.6% versus 12%; p=0.57; relative risk 0.80; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.37 to 1.74).

GRACIA-2: Study outcomes

GRACIA  2  Study  outcomes Facilitated thrombolysis resulted in higher adequate revascularisation


  • Thrombolysis plus early routine PCI is as safe as primary PCI and equivalent in terms of preserving myocardial function.
  • Thrombolysis plus early routine PCI results in better and earlier myocardial reperfusion.
  • If these findings are confirmed by larger-scale trials, the proportion of patients with STEMI who can benefit from PCI could increase dramatically.


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