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Primary percutaneous coronary intervention in acute myocardial infarction: time, time, and time!
  1. P G Steg,
  2. J-M Juliard
  1. Cardiology, Hôpital Bichat-Claude Bernard, Faculté de Médecine Bichat-Beaujon, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Philippe Gabriel Steg
    Cardiologie, Hôpital Bichat-Claude Bernard, 46 rue Henri Huchard, 75877 Paris Cedex 18, France;


Longer door-to-balloon times, total duration of ischaemia, and time of presentation relative to symptom onset all have an impact on outcome following primary percutaneous coronary intervention

  • ALKK, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Leitender Kardiologischer Krankenhausärzte
  • AMI, acute myocardial infarction
  • PCI, percutaneous coronary intervention
  • GUSTO II, global use of strategies to open occluded coronary arteries
  • STEMI, ST segment elevation acute myocardial infarction
  • acute myocardial infarction
  • primary angioplasty
  • mortality
  • reperfusion

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  • Disclosure: Drs Juliard and Steg have been speakers for Boeringher Ingelheim which manufactures and sells thrombolytic agents. Dr Steg has been a speaker and consultant for several pharmaceutical companies which are unrelated to the subject of this editorial.

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