Rescue angioplasty reduced cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes in acute MI after failed thrombolytic therapy

May 2006
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2006, Vol. 144 Issue 3, p60
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which aims to determine whether rescue percutaneous coronary intervention reduce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) after failed thrombolytic therapy. 427 patients 21 to 85 years of age who had MI with ST-segment elevation and had received aspirin and thrombolysis within 6 hours of symptom onset, and electrocardiogram showed failed thrombolytic therapy at 90 minutes. It was found that in patients with acute MI after failed thrombolytic therapy, rescue angioplasty reduced a composite endpoint of death, recurrent MI, cerebrovascular event and severe heart failure.


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