In‐hospital mortality following acute myocardial infarction
Although coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of death in most industrialised countries, mortality rates have declined since the 1970s (see Indicator 1.3 "Mortality from heart disease and stroke"). Much of the reduction can be attributed to lower mortality from AMI, due to better treatment in the acute phase. Care for AMI has changed dramatically in recent decades, with the introduction of coronary care units in the 1960s (Khush et al., 2005) and with the advent of treatment aimed at rapidly restoring coronary blood flow in the 1980s (Gil et al., 1999). This success is all the more remarkable as data suggest that the incidence of AMI has not declined for most countries (Goldberg et al., 1999; Parikh et al., 2009). However, numerous studies have shown that a considerable proportion of AMI patients fail to receive evidence‐based care (Eagle et al., 2005).
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Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2011-11-01