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Number of patients receiving angioplasty is rising, heart attack audit shows

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1456
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

More than one in five patients in England and Wales who have acute myocardial infarction are receiving angioplasty as their first line of treatment (primary angioplasty), the latest figures from the myocardial ischaemia national audit project show.

But “effective communication” between referring hospitals, ambulance services, hospitals doing the angioplasty, and primary care is needed for further improvement to be made, its authors say.

The audit, now in its seventh year, measures how quickly hospitals and ambulance services have carried out primary angioplasty or thrombolytic treatment in patients who have had a heart attack.

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