Blood transfusion might increase ACS mortality

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-f

Question: Does a blood transfusion in anaemic patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) improve survival?

Synopsis: Although blood transfusions are routinely performed for patients with ischaemic heart disease who develop anaemia during hospitalisation, evidence of benefit is uncertain. In this cohort (prospective) study the investigators analysed data from 24 112 subjects enrolled in three large international trials of patients with acute coronary syndromes evaluating various antithrombotic …

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