Prompt restoration of coronary artery patency in acute myocardial infarction is associated with substantial improvements in morbidity and mortality. The pivotal role of thrombolysis and aspirin in achieving these goals is well established. However, despite the success of thrombolytic therapy in large trials, clinical assessment in individual patients often suggests that reperfusion has not occurred after initial therapy. This review considers the validity of such bedside predictions and discusses whether such patients should be managed differently.
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