Multiple stenting after myocardial infarction protects against cardiac events better than a single artery stent

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5387
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Stenting coronary arteries that have considerable build up of plaque as a preventive measure in patients with acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction at the same time as a stent is inserted into the artery where the infarct occurred can dramatically reduce the risk of further potentially fatal cardiovascular events, a UK study has found.1

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is recommended to treat the infarct artery (or culprit) lesion responsible for the infarct in acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction to stem ongoing myocardial necrosis and prevent recurrent life threatening infarction.2 Other plaques that may be severe but not thrombotic may be identified during emergency angiography and …

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