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Challenges in secondary prevention after acute myocardial infarction: A call for action

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  • Massimo F Piepoli
  • Ugo Corrà
  • Paul Dendale
  • Ines Frederix
  • Eva Prescott
  • Jean Paul Schmid
  • Margaret Cupples
  • Christi Deaton
  • Patrick Doherty
  • Pantaleo Giannuzzi
  • Ian Graham
  • Tina Birgitte Hansen
  • Catriona Jennings
  • Ulf Landmesser
  • Pedro Marques-Vidal
  • Christiaan Vrints
  • David Walker
  • Hector Bueno
  • Donna Fitzsimons
  • Antonio Pelliccia
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Worldwide, each year more than 7 million people experience myocardial infarction, in which one-year mortality rates are now in the range of 10%, but vary with patient characteristics. The consequences are even more dramatic: among patients who survive, 20% suffer a second cardiovascular event in the first year and approximately 50% of major coronary events occur in those with a previous hospital discharge diagnosis of ischaemic heart disease. The people behind these numbers spur this call for action. Prevention after myocardial infarction is crucial to reduce risk and suffering. Evidence-based interventions include optimal medical treatment with anti-platelets and statins, achievement of blood pressure, lipid and blood glucose targets, and appropriate lifestyle changes. The European Society of Cardiology and its constituent bodies are determined to embrace this challenge by developing a consensus document in which the existing gaps for secondary prevention strategies are reviewed. Effective interventions in relation to the patients, healthcare providers and healthcare systems are proposed and discussed. Finally, innovative strategies in hospital as well as in outpatient and long-term settings are endorsed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean heart journal. Acute cardiovascular care
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)299-310
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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