September 14, 2015 — Healthcare providers can assess a patient’s risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) following a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using a new point-of-care post-PCI risk calculator available for download at SCDFacts.org and in the iTunes or Android app stores.
The assessment is based on the 10 most clinically relevant SCD mortality risk factors, as identified and supported by numerous peer-reviewed articles and studies.
One in five post-AMI patients have been shown to be at high risk of dying after PCI. The majority of mortality in acute myocardial infarction patients post-PCI occurs in the first three months — one out of every 10 high-risk patients die, with about 60 percent of this mortality due to SCD.[1,2]
SCDFacts.org is an educational resource for clinicians and is designed as an interactive hospital unit, allowing viewers to explore clinical evidence and time-saving tools in an online cath lab, patient consult room, and medical library. The virtual “rooms” contain educational tools, including video content, apps, interactive case studies, and an SCD facts quiz.
For more information: SCDFacts.org
1. Halkin A, et al. “Prediction of Mortality After Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute Myocardial Infarction: CADILLAC Risk Score.” JACC 2005;45:1397–1405.
2. Stone G, et al. “Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Post PTCA in High-Risk Patients.” www.theheart.org/article/1202823.do (April 2011).