[Thrombolysis for evolving myocardial infarction in a rural primary care clinic] Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Early thrombolytic therapy gives maximum benefit in acute myocardial infarction. In remote rural areas with no mobile intensive care service there is a significant delay between onset of symptoms and administration of thrombolytic therapy which has a critical impact on revascularization. Thrombolytic therapy with streptokinase 1,500,000 U was given in a primary care rural clinic to 2 patients with evolving myocardial infarction 45-50 minutes from onset of symptoms. In both patients, who were transported to hospital after the therapy, there were clinical signs of reperfusion. There were no complications during treatment or transportation. We conclude that thrombolytic therapy given for evolving myocardial infarction in a rural primary care clinic is possible and safe.

publication date

  • August 1, 1993