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Potential influence of previous medical pathology on use of thrombolysis in the elderly with suspected acute myocardial infarction

Arino, S. and Bayer, Antony James 1993. Potential influence of previous medical pathology on use of thrombolysis in the elderly with suspected acute myocardial infarction. Gerontology 39 (1) , pp. 33-37. 10.1159/000213512

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Abstract

A perceived reluctance by many doctors to consider the use of thrombolytic therapy in elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction prompted us to investigate the potential influence of pre-existing medical pathology on use of fibrinolysis. Of 251 patients consecutively admitted to hospital with suspected acute myocardial infarction, absolute contra-indications to thrombolysis were found in 9 (4%) patients and relative contra-indications in a further 82 (31%) patients. This study suggests that the presence of contra-indications plays a small role in influencing the potential use of thrombolysis in the elderly. Age itself should not be assumed to be inevitably associated with an unacceptable rate of contra-indications for thrombolytic therapy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Karger
ISSN: 0304-324X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/50109

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