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Tools & Techniques: PCI for acute MI tips and tricks

EuroIntervention 2011;6:900-901.

Department of Interventional Cardiology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland
According to current guidelines, primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) is the preferred form of reperfusion treatment for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This article focuses on technical aspects of PPCI and current recommendations for the use of antithrombotic and antiplatelet agents during interventional treatment of STEMI.

Interventional STEMI treatment should be provided by experienced institutions offering 24 hours / 7-day PPCI service with acceptable transport delay. Patients referred from community non-PPCI hospitals as well as from ambulances should be accepted for mechanical reperfusion. As the clinical outcome after interventional treatment closely depends both on the experience of the operators ...

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