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EuroIntervention 2014;10-T7-T8. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV10STA1

1. University of Verona, Verona, Italy; 2. University of Marseille, Marseille, France
During the last 20 years, primary PCI has evolved from being an almost experimental intervention to becoming a routine job performed around the clock, as commonplace as a general surgeon operating on an acute appendicitis, or a traumatologist reducing an exposed fracture.

At this point in time, the primary PCI technique has evolved from a simple, prudent inflation of balloons, to the administration of complex drug cocktails, routine implantation of stents, aggressive manipulation of thrombus, amazing intravascular imaging, and to concepts such as preconditioning and even recovering of dead myocardial tissue with cardiopoietic regenerative therapy.

Nevertheless, reviewing a primary ...

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