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The organization, function, and outcomes of ST-elevation myocardial infarction networks worldwide: current state, unmet needs and future directions

Kurt Huber, Bernard J. Gersh, Patrick Goldstein, Christopher B. Granger, Paul W. Armstrong
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehu125 1526-1532 First published online: 17 April 2014

Abstract

The organization of networks in order to better coordinate and to faster offer reperfusion strategies for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is an important recommendation of recent versions of international guidelines. This article focusses on similarities and dissimilarities of world-wide networks, highlights essential network components, offers insights into still unmet needs and discusses potential measures to further improve quality of STEMI treatment.

  • Myocardial infarction
  • STEMI networks
  • Primary percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Organization
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