Acute myocardial infarction is a leading cause of death worldwide, and is responsible for approximately 42% of all deaths from cardiovascular disease.1
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Early and effective intervention is required in order to preserve as much of the cardiac function as possible, improve survival, and reduce the risk of later complications.
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TIME IS MUSCLE
Myocardial reperfusion needs to be re-established before irreversible damage occurs. This can be achieved:
- Pharmacologically (using a thrombolytic agent)
- Mechanically (percutaneous coronary intervention)
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- Mendis S, Puska P, Norrving B, editors. Global Atlas on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control. World Health Organization, Geneva 2011.