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Medical News & Perspectives
December 20, 2000

Fast, Aggressive Treatment for Myocardial Infarction Urged

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JAMA. 2000;284(23):2985-2986. doi:10.1001/jama.284.23.2985-JMN1220-2-1

New Orleans—Quick and aggressive treatment of coronary events enjoyed preference over conservative approaches as results from late-breaking trials were announced at the American Heart Association's annual scientific sessions last month.

Attendees in New Orleans heard data suggesting that use of the statin class of cholesterol-lowering drugs immediately after a myocardial infarction (MI) or unstable angina significantly reduces recurrent cardiac events and strokes. They also learned that patients with such conditions fared better if treated immediately with platelet blockers, aspirin, or heparin, and underwent early catherization and revascularization rather than conservative treatment with only medical therapy.