MI patients ‘receive angioplasty not drugs’

More than one in five MI patients receives primary angioplasty instead of thrombolytic drugs, according to a national audit.

The figures for 2007/8 represent a 42 per cent increase for England and a 20 per cent increase for Wales from 2006/7.

The improvement follows a push for primary angiosplasty by cardiovascular czar Professor Roger Boyle in December 2006. Since he put forward the clinical case, more hospitals in England and Wales are offering the procedure.

Additionally, more than 60 per cent of patients receive some form of treatment within the critical timeframe of three hours of symptom onset, according to the MI National Audit Programme by the National Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

Royal College of Physicians

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