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Primary coronary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction.
  1. E. D. Grech,
  2. D. R. Ramsdale
  1. Cardiothoracic Centre, Liverpool, UK.


    It is well established that recanalisation of the infarct-related artery is of great benefit in the early hours after acute myocardial infarction. This can be achieved by the use of thrombolytic agents and/or by percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). This article reviews data on the role of primary PTCA and summarises current opinion on its use.

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