Presentation and management of acute coronary syndromes among adult persons with haemophilia: results of an international, retrospective, 10-year survey.Haemophilia. 2015 Sep; 21(5):589-97.H
Sparse data are available on presentation and management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), including unstable angina and non-ST- and ST-elevation myocardial infarction, among persons with haemophilia (PWH). The aim of this study was to determine demographics, bleeding disorder characteristics, cardiovascular risk factors (CRFs), interventions, haemostatic protocol, revascularization outcomes and complications among PWH with ACS. Members of an international consortium comprising >2000 adult PWH retrospectively completed case report forms for episodes of ACS in a >10-year follow-up period (2003-2013). Twenty ACS episodes occurred among 19 patients [rate, 0.8% (95% CI 0.4, 1.2)]. Seven patients (37%) were aged <50 years; 10 (53%) had ≥3 CRFs. In 5/20 episodes (25%), the initial ACS management protocol was altered because of the bleeding disorder. None of the eight patients with severe haemophilia underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), compared with 54.5% of patients with non-severe disease (P = 0.02). Revascularization with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or CABG was rated successful in 13/13 cases, with no excessive bleeding during initial management. During chronic exposure to antiplatelet agents, secondary haemophilia prophylaxis was more prevalent in patients with severe haemophilia compared with non-severe haemophilia (85.7% vs. 30%, P = 0.05). No ACS-related deaths occurred during initial management, but one patient with severe haemophilia A died of undetermined cause 36 months after the ACS event while on aspirin therapy. ACS occurs even among relatively younger PWH, typically in association with multiple CRFs. Revascularization with PCI/CABG is feasible, and antiplatelet agents plus secondary prophylaxis appears to be well tolerated in selected PWH with ACS.