- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the preferred reperfusion strategy during a cardiac arrest; thrombolytic therapy is an option without PCI capability, followed by transfer to a PCI capable center.
- Thrombolytic therapy is most effective when administered within 30 minutes of first medical contact, however, may be considered within 12 – 24 hours of symptom onset and ongoing ischemia or extensive ST elevation.
- During ACS-Induced Cardiac Arrest, the goal for fibrinolysis is 30 minutes and reperfusion with PCI is preferred, however, if PCI is delayed, fibrinolytics therapy could be considered.
|MOA||Initiates fibrinolysis by binding to fibrin in a thrombus and converts entrapped plasminogen to plasmin||Promotes initiation of fibrinolysis by binding to fibrin and converting plasminogen to plasmin; similar to alteplase but more fibrin specific|
|Dose||Weight based: > 67kg: infuse 15mg IV bolus over 1-2 minute, followed by 50mg infusion over 30 minutes, then 35mg over 1 hour (max total dose 100mg) ≤ 67kg: : infuse 15mg IV bolus over 1-2 minutes, followed by 0.75mg/kg infusion over 30 minutes, then 0.5mg/kg over 1 hour (max total dose 100mg)||Weight based: < 60kg: 30mg ≥ 60 to < 70kg: 35mg ≥ 70 to < 80kg: 40mg ≥ 80 to < 90kg: 45mg ≥ 90kg: 50mg|
|Administration||• Bolus administered over 1 minute followed by infusion||• Single bolus over 5 seconds|
|PK/PD||Duration: 1 hour after infusion terminated Distribution: approximates plasma volume Half-life elimination: 5 minutes Excretion: hepatic and plasma clearance||Distribution: weight related Metabolism: hepatic Half-life elimination: biphasic; initial 20-24 min, terminal 90-130 min Excretion: plasma clearance|
|Adverse Effects||Intracranial hemorrhage Ecchymosis GI/GU hemorrhage Sepsis Cerebrovascular accident||Hemorrhage and hematoma Cerebrovascular accident|
|Drug Interactions and Warnings||Tranexamic acid, avoid combination Internal bleeding, thromboembolic events, cholesterol embolization||Tranexamic acid, avoid combination Internal bleeding, thromboembolic events, arrhythmias|
|Contraindications||Active internal bleeding Ischemic stroke within 3 months except when within 4.5 hours Severe uncontrolled hypertension||Active internal bleeding Severe uncontrolled hypertension Recent intracranial/intraspinal surgery Ischemic stroke within 3 months|
|Compatibility||May be diluted in equal volume with: 0.9% sodium chloride D5W||• Incompatible with dextrose|
Overview of Evidence
|Author, year||Design/ sample size||Intervention & Comparison||Outcome|
|Guillermin 2016a||Meta-analysis of RCT (n=18,208)||• Tenecteplase 30-50mg vs alteplase 80-100mg||Bleeding 4.8% in tenecteplase vs 5.8% alteplase (p=0.0002) No difference in mortality at 30 days|
|Llevadot 2001||Retrospective review (38 studies)||Reteplase Anoteplase Tenecteplase||Tenecteplase and reteplase associated with accelerated infusion and more convenient by bolus administration Administration of a less fibrin-specific agent may cause greater systemic coagulopathy with potential for more bleeding|
|Boersma 1996||Retrospective review (n=50,246)||• Fibrinolytic therapy vs placebo||• Mortality reduction in patients treated within 2 hours compared to later (p=0.001)|
|GUSTO 1993||Randomized, controlled trial (n=41,021)||Streptokinase + SQ heparin Streptokinase + IV heparin Alteplase + IV heparin Alteplase + Streptokinase + IV heparin||Atleplase administered over 1.5 hours with IV heparin provide survival over standard therapy Thrombolytic therapy administered within 2448 hours of admission|
|Armstrong 2013b||Randomized controlled trial (n=1892)||• PCI vs bolus tenecteplase, clopidogrel, and enoxaparin||Tenecteplase administration prehospital resulted in effective reperfusion when PCI was not completed within 1 hour Fibrinolytic therapy associated with increase risk of intracranial bleeding|
|Cardiac Arrest Data|
|Bottiger 2001||Prospective cohort (n=40)||• Alteplase 50 mg bolus, repeat 50 mg in 30 minutes vs placebo||• Increase in ROSC (68% vs 44%), ICU admission compared to placebo|
|Schreiber 2002||Retrospective chart review (n=157)||• Alteplase 15mg bolus followed by 50mg infusion over 30 min and 35mg over 60 min||• Thrombolytic therapy achieved better functional neurological recovery more frequently (p=0.03)|
|Lederer 2004||Retrospective chart review (n=108)||• Alteplase 100 mg (15 mg followed by 85 mg over 90 min)||81% of patients who received thrombolytic therapy were discharged without neurological deficit 67% of patients were still alive 5-10 years after the event|
|Li 2006||Meta-analysis||• Alteplase 15mg bolus followed by 50mg infusion over 30 min and 35mg over 60 min||Thrombolytic therapy improved the rate of ROSC (p < 0.01) 48% of patients had acute coronary artery obstruction|
|Bottiger 2008||Randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial (n=1050)||Tenecteplase 30mg if < 60kg Tenecteplase 35mg if 60-69kg • Tenecteplase 40mg if 70-79kg Tenecteplase 45mg if 80-89kg Tenecteplase 50mg if > 90kg Placebo||No difference in tenecteplase and placebo in 30-day survival, ROSC, survival, or neurologic outcomes Increased intracranial hemorrhages in tenecteplase patients|
|RuizBailen 2001||Retrospective cohort (n=303)||Streptokinase Alteplase accelerated regimen Alteplase double bolus||Systemic thrombolysis patients had a lower mortality, less mechanical ventilation, fewer CPR attempts (p < 0.0001) No fatal hemorrhagic complications|
- Evidence supports PCI is the first line option for management of patients requiring reperfusion during cardiac arrest when a STEMI is suspected
- Available evidence suggests tenecteplase and alteplase are appropriate fibrinolytic therapies when PCI is unavailable
- Tenecteplase is an alternative fibrinolytic therapy and has been evaluated safe and efficacious as a bolus dose of 30-50mg
- When alteplase is the only fibrinolytic therapy available, there is data to support bolus therapy +/- a weight based infusion during cardiac arrest
- Thrombolytic agents administered during CPR can improve the rate of survival but are associated with a risk of severe bleeding
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