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Ir Med J. 2002 Oct;95(9):274-6.

Audit of acute myocardial infarctions at Saint James's Hospital, Dublin, from 1996 to 1999.

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Department of Cardiology, CResT Directorate, Saint James' Hospital, Dublin 8.


Saint James' Hospital is a 650-bed tertiary referral hospital. An audit was performed of acute transmural myocardial infarctions for the years 1996 to 1999 inclusive. On average there were 2043 cardiology admissions annually, 9.8% of all hospital admissions. Acute transmural myocardial infarction was diagnosed in 178 patients annually, and was less common during the summer. The figure of 72% receiving revascularisation therapy (thrombolysis 67%, primary angioplasty 5%) compares favourably with 35% in 1992. The main reason for not receiving thrombolysis was late presentation (15%) with contraindications present in only 5%. The case fatality rate was 16% confirming the higher mortality in clinical practice than that of thrombolytic trials. The prescription of aspirin or warfarin (99%) and betablockers (67%) was in line with international trials. The use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (34%) and statins (28%) is similar to other studies but less than would be expected according to trial evidence.

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