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Differences in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction between regions of countries and the impact on prognosis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10353067     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Differences in the incidence, prevalence of and mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD) are observed between and within countries. These differences are believed to be related to differing levels of CHD risk factors and medical care. Medical care for acute myocardial infarction has changed significantly in the past decades, with the development of new methods for diagnosis and treatment. Although widely known, these technologies are not consistently applied for reasons of availability and cost, as well as local medical cultures and traditions. The outcomes of medical care for acute myocardial infarction are best measured by case fatality of those hospitalized. Since the early 1960s, case fatality has fallen to less than half that observed previously. This has occurred in the context of widespread use of coronary care unit monitoring, innovative pharmacologic agents and invasive reperfusion treatments. A common debate compares aggressive invasive management with more conservative pharmacologic methods. In this context, studies have produced mixed results with no clear advantage to one approach when both methods are available and effectively applied to appropriately selected patients.
R V Luepker; J Herlitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular risk     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1350-6277     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Risk     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-07-22     Completed Date:  1999-07-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9436980     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Risk     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  77-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55454-1015, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary
Catchment Area (Health)
Coronary Artery Bypass
Myocardial Infarction / mortality,  therapy*
Survival Rate
Thrombolytic Therapy
World Health
Grant Support

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