Guidelines emphasize timely PCI in STEMI patients

Percutaneous coronary intervention is the preferred treatment option for patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction if it can be performed quickly, according to guidelines updated from 2009. PCI is recommended for patients who've demonstrated STEMI symptoms for less than 12 hours, although it can be employed in those who have had symptoms for as long as 24 hours. Patients should receive aspirin and an antiplatelet agent before the procedure, according to the document, which also addresses strategies for getting patients to the cath lab more quickly, including improved patient awareness of symptoms.

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