Thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction improves prognosis and prolongs life but will increase the prevalence of heart failure in the geriatric population Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper will review the hypothesis that early complete thrombolytic therapy in acute myocardial infarction reduces mortality and improves prognosis. ACE inhibitors improve remodelling and anti-platelet drugs or interventional procedures prevent reocclusion of the infarct related coronary artery. Most patients are left with significant myocardial damage and this effect is cumulative with subsequent infarction.The average age of death has increased by 10 years in the last three decades, so that many older patients survive. They have survived acute myocardial infarction and we now have a significant population with important heart failure despite good thrombolytic therapy.

publication date

  • January 1, 1998