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Percutaneous coronary intervention in the elderly with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

Authors Gao L, Hu X, Liu Y, Xue Q, Feng Q

Received 18 February 2014

Accepted for publication 8 May 2014

Published 31 July 2014 Volume 2014:9 Pages 1241—1246


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Lei Gao,* Xin Hu,* Yu-Qi Liu, Qiao Xue, Quan-Zhou Feng

Institute of Geriatric Cardiology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

As a result of increased life expectancy, octogenarians constitute an increasing ­proportion of patients admitted to hospital for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Primary percutaneous coronary intervention is currently the treatment of choice for octogenarians presenting with STEMI. The recent literature on this topic has yielded controversial results, even though advances in drug-eluting stents and new types of antithrombotic agents are improving the management of STEMI and postoperative care. In this paper, we review the current status of percutaneous coronary intervention in the elderly with STEMI, including the reasons for their high mortality and morbidity, predictors of mortality, and strategies to improve outcomes.

Keywords: octogenarians, percutaneous coronary intervention, ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

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