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Old remedy proves useful for heart attacks

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1546
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    A simple solution of glucose, insulin, and potassium seems to be effective in reducing deaths from heart attacks and is inexpensive enough to be widely used, according to a new study (Circulation 1998;98:2227-34).

    The study resurrected a long abandoned treatment for myocardial infarction and was conducted at 29 hospitals in six Latin American countries by the Estudios Cardiolµgicos Latino-américa Collaborative group. The group is led by Dr Rafael Díaz of Argentina's cardiovascular institute in Rosario.

    Glucose, insulin, and potassium infusions for heart attacks were initially introduced in 1962 but subsequently abandoned due …

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