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February 2, 2000

Primary Angioplasty vs Thrombolysis in Elderly Patients

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Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

JAMA. 2000;283(5):601-602. doi:10.1001/jama.283.5.601

To the Editor: In their comparison of direct angioplasty and intravenous thrombolysis as reperfusion therapy for elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction, Dr Berger et al1 concluded that primary angioplasty is associated with modestly lower short- and long-term mortality. However, this conclusion is problematic because of the inherent limitations of data from the Cooperative Cardiovascular Project (CCP).

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