Discute-se a aplicação dessa metodologia para pacientes com Infarto agudo do miocárdio. Apesar de existirem poucos trabalhos na área e ainda um resultado modesto, uma recente revisão sistemática, publicada em 2005, na Cochrane Library demonstrou que há uma tendência na redução de morte devido ao infarto, reduzindo quase 30% esse risco, alem de evidente diminuição de eventos adversos após o infarto (reduzindo por volta de 80%), como bloqueio cardíaco (redução quase 70%), arritmias (quase 40%), outros eventos cardíacos, outros eventos coronários, como também, diminuição significativa da duração da dor pós-infarto (reduzindo em média no grupo submetido a oxigenoterapia hiperbarica, em 5 horas).
Apesar de não ter conseguido demonstrar a redução da mortalidade nesse grupo de pacientes, aparenta ter um resultado alentador. Essas conclusões foram tiradas da revisão de 4 clinical-trials, em quase 500 pacientes submetidos a terapia e com vários fatores que podem alterar o resultado, como inicio da terapia, duração, etc.
1- Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Apr 18;(2):CD004818.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for acute coronary syndrome.
Lehm J. Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker St., Randwick, NSW, Australia, 2031. firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) includes acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina. ACS is common and may prove fatal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) will improve oxygen supply to the threatened heart and may reduce the volume of heart muscle that will perish. The addition of HBOT to the standard treatment may reduce death rate and other major adverse outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of adjunctive HBOT for treating ACS. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the following from inception to November 2004: CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, DORCTHIM, and references from selected articles. Relevant journals were handsearched and researchers in the field contacted. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised studies comparing the effect on ACS of regimens that include HBOT with those that exclude HBOT. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Three reviewers independently evaluated the quality of trials using the guidelines of the Cochrane Handbook and extracted data from included trials. MAIN RESULTS: Four trials with 462 participants contributed to this review. There was a trend towards, but no significant decrease in, the risk of death with HBOT (relative risk (RR) 0.64, 95% CI 0.38 to 1.06, P=0.08). There was evidence from individual trials of reductions in the risk of major adverse coronary events [MACE] (RR 0.12, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.85, P=0.03; NNT 4, 95% CI 3 to 10) and some dysrhythmias following HBOT (RR 0.59, 95% CI 0.39 to 0.89, P=0.01; NNT 6, 95% CI 3 to 24), particularly complete heart block (RR 0.32, 95%CI 0.12 to 0.84, P=0.02), and that the time to relief of pain was reduced with HBOT (Weighted Mean Difference [WMD] 353 minutes shorter, 95% CI 219 to 488, P<0.0001). One trial suggested a significant incidence of claustrophobia in single occupancy chambers of 15% (RR of claustrophobia with HBOT 31.6, 95%CI 1.92 to 521, P=0.02). AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: For people with ACS, individual small trials suggest the addition of HBOT reduced the risk of Major Adverse Cardiac Events, some dysrrhythmias, and reduced the time to relief from ischaemic pain, but did not reduce mortality. In view of the modest number of patients, methodological shortcomings and poor reporting, this result should be interpreted cautiously, and an appropriately powered trial of high methodological rigour is justified to define those patients (if any) who can be expected to derive most benefit from HBOT. The routine application of HBOT to these patients cannot be justified from this review.
PMID: 15846734 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]