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Less Is More
February 2017

Why Oxygen Is Not Necessary for All STEMIs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, New Hyde Park, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):267-268. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7616

“Love is like oxygen
You get too much you get too high
Not enough and you’re gonna die.”
The Sweet, 1978

A British rock band knew oxygen should be treated cautiously over 38 years ago. In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, the case presentation described by Cormier and Lee1 exemplifies that concern in its discussion of the use of oxygen in the setting of an acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The authors remind us of the possible dangers and lack of proven benefit.