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Thrombolytic Therapy for Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Elderly

Abstract

Acute myocardial infarction (MI) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. Patients ≥75 years constitute up to 30% of the acute MI population and are associated with a 50% in-hospital mortality. Thrombolytic therapy was shown in a metaanalysis of 9 largest randomized controlled trials to reduce 35-day mortality. However, the benefit was observed mainly among patients < 75 years old. For patients ≥ 75 years, the 35-day mortality was 24.3% in those treated with thrombolytic therapy and 25.3% in the placebo group, a difference not reaching statistical significance.

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