Data on eligibility for thrombolytic treatment can indeed be generalised

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7076.301b (Published 25 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:301
  1. John K French, Consultant cardiologista,
  2. Harvey D White, Director of coronary care and cardiovascular researcha
  1. a Cardiology Department, Green Lane Hospital, Private Bag 92 189, Auckland 1030, New Zealand

    Editor–Eligibility for thrombolytic treatment in patients presenting with acute ischaemic chest pain depends on the electrocardiogram at the time of admission, the delay from the onset of symptoms to presentation, and the presence or absence of contraindications. Adam D Timmis1 does not seem to have considered the appreciable number of patients with a discharge diagnosis of definite myocardial infarction who presented with ST depression, T wave inversion, or a normal electrocardiogram–32% in our prospective series,2 36% in …

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