n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Towards developing guidelines and systems of care to facilitate early reperfusion for ST-elevation myocardial infarction in Africa : editorial




The theme for the 15th annual SA Heart Congress for 2014, 'Bridging the divide' between best practice and current challenges in the management of cardiovascular conditions, inspired this editorial on the feasibility of implementing the European Society of Cardiology 'Stent-for-Life' initiative in sub-Saharan Africa or alternate measures of ensuring early reperfusion for myocardial ischaemia. This editorial explores the changing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Africa that impact on the occurrence of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in Africa, revisits international guidelines on early reperfusion and implementation of systems of care, and identifies factors related to timely myocardial reperfusion in remote areas.


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