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'Stent 4 Life': A campaign is launched to increase the use of primary PCI in acute coronary patients
Date:3/20/2009

A campaign which will reduce mortality in patients with acute coronary syndromes has been launched today by a coalition which includes the ESC Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care and the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI). "Stent 4 Life" is a project designed to encourage the wider use of reperfusion therapy with percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI, with balloon angioplasty and stent) in Europe. According to a new report introducing the campaign, it is the "unpredictable bursts" in coronary artery disease which lead to sudden ischaemic death, heart attack and unstable angina, and with them a sharp increase in mortality rate to more than 10%.(1)

Indeed, new European guidelines on the management of heart attack emphasise not only speed of action but also the importance of reperfusion to restore blood flow to the heart and improve survival rates.(2)

The Stent 4 Life campaign particularly addresses treatment of a common type of classical heart attack known as STEMI (ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction), a reference to its appearance on an ECG. Around one-third of all acute coronary events are diagnosed as STEMI, and the greater application of PCI (to rates above 600 per million population) "would enable us to address the needs of most patients suffering from STEMI across Europe".

The report adds: "The mission of the Stent 4 Life coalition is to promote the lifesaving indications of PCI, implying that priority will be given to targeting invasive resources to those patient groups who will benefit the most. Rather than attempting to enforce top down directives, the program will rely entirely on national Interventional Working Groups and Societies. Synergy, rather than competition, with existing initiatives will be the goal."

"There is first class evidence that primary PCI for acute STEMI is now the gold standard of care," says ESC spokesperson Professor Jean Fajadet, from t
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Contact: ESC Press Office
press@escardio.org
0033-492-948-627
European Society of Cardiology
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