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More support for angioplasty vs thrombolysis

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Mortality is lower among heart attack patients treated with primary angioplasty than among those who receive thrombolytic therapy, unless the hospital only performs a low volume of angioplasties, in which case there is no difference between the two groups. This is the conclusion of a 62,299-patient retrospective cohort study based at Colorado Permanente Medical Group and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, which was published in the December 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings of the study will fuel the continuing debate about which type of treatment is more appropriate.

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