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Life-saving primary PCI rising in Stent for Life countries
Date:5/16/2012

oth at EuroPCR (M58, Level 2).

Second is to reduce delays in the system so that patients who have a heart attack get reperfusion therapy, which means opening the vessel to the heart, as quickly as possible. Health systems need a straight line from the ambulance to the catheterisation laboratory where the clot can be removed with a catheter technique called primary angioplasty or PPCI. The Stent for Life Initiative promotes taking an electrocardiogram (ECG) in the ambulance so that patients can be diagnosed and directed to the correct part of the hospital.

Women have even greater delays than men in accessing lifesaving PPCI. They are often diagnosed later and may therefore not get access to reperfusion therapy in some countries. Women are more likely than men to die within a year of a heart attack and to develop heart failure.

The Stent for Life Initiative is tackling these disparities through a collaboration with Women in Innovations (WIN). WIN is a global group of female interventional cardiologists aimed at addressing gender disparities in cardiovascular care. It became an affiliated activity of the Stent for Life Initiative in March during the Stent for Life Forum 2012 in Prague. A partnership project aims to increase awareness of women and heart disease amongst doctors and patients in Europe. It will target countries with the greatest need for education in this area.

Professor Kristensen says: "For women, the delay to PPCI treatment is longer and we are collaborating with WIN to try to optimise the therapy for women with heart attacks."

The Stent for Life Initiative is holding a number of sessions at EuroPCR, including a plenary session on Thursday, 17 May on how to optimise the delivery and quality of PPCI. This will include understanding the causes of treatment delay and how to reduce it, and identifying the requirements for a successful STEMI network.


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Contact: Marielle de la Torre
mdelatorre@escardio.org
33-049-294-3511
European Society of Cardiology
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