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The World in Medicine
January 13, 1999

Reviving a Lifesaver?

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JAMA. 1999;281(2):123. doi:10.1001/jama.281.2.123-JWM80010-4-1

A simple, inexpensive treatment for myocardial infarction (MI) that was abandoned more than 20 years ago may deserve a second chance.

The treatment under study is a combination of glucose, insulin, and potassium (GIK). The combination first was reported as a promising treatment for MI in 1962. Some physicians used it for nearly a decade but ceased when clinical studies offered no consensus on its effectiveness. But now a pilot study of MI patients in South America and Mexico indicates that GIK reduces MI mortality.

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