Angioplasty has been shown to have benefits over thrombolytic treatment

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7079.515 (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:515
  1. David R Ramsdale, Consultant cardiologista,
  2. John L Morris, Senior registrara
  1. a Cardiothoracic Centre, Liverpool L14 3PE

    Editor—Susan Mayor's news item about angioplasty versus thrombolytic treatment in acute myocardial infarction gives a misleading view of the relative benefits of the two treatment strategies.1 Although thrombolytic treatment remains the most easily and widely used method of attempting coronary artery reperfusion, controlled trials suggest that coronary angioplasty is more effective and offers major advantages in terms of morbidity and mortality. One cannot draw worthwhile conclusions on the relative benefit of the two treatments from a retrospective review of the data from the myocardial infarction …

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