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Six in 10 heart attack patients in England are treated with primary angioplasty

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 30 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5402
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

For the first time, patients in England who have had a heart attack are more likely to be treated with primary angioplasty than with thrombolysis, show results from a national audit.

Figures from the 9th annual MINAP audit (Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project) show that 63% (12 459 of 19 638) of eligible patients had primary angioplasty in 2009/10, compared with 44% (8107 of 18 497) in 2008/9. In Wales the use of primary angioplasty increased from 11% in …

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