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The role of angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction.

Thrombolysis has achieved startling improvements in cardiac mortality over the last few years and has traditionally been the first-line treatment for patients presenting with ST-segment elevation. Recently, new preparations have meant thrombolysis can be given more quickly and easily, in many cases even before the patient arrives at the hospital. The patient usually has an angiogram, angioplasty or stent insertion at a later date.

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