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Reducing mortality in myocardial infarction

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1271

Experience in Cuba shows optimising thrombolysis may reduce death rates in poor countries

  1. Pedro O Ordúñez-García, general director (porduñ,
  2. Marcos Iraola-Ferrer, doctor1,
  3. Yanelis La Rosa-Linares, doctor1
  1. 1Hospital Gustavo Aldereguía, Cienfuegos 55 100, Cuba

    Editor—The epidemic of cardiovascular disease has peaked in Cuba and accounts for 40% of deaths.1 The age adjusted mortality in 2003 was 41% lower than the comparable rate recorded in 1970. The reduction in mortality from coronary heart disease, which accounts for nearly 74% of all cardiovascular deaths, drove the overall decline in cardiovascular mortality.1 Data from Cuba are …

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