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Characterization and referral patterns of ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients admitted to chest pain units rather than directly to catherization laboratories. Data from the German Chest Pain Unit Registry

Schmidt, Frank P. ; Perne, Andrea ; Hochadel, Matthias ; Giannitsis, Evangelos ; Darius, Harald ; Maier, Lars S. ; Schmitt, Claus ; Heusch, Gerd ; Voigtländer, Thomas ; Mudra, Harald ; Gori, Tommaso ; Senges, Jochen ; Münzel, Thomas



Abstract

Background: Direct transfer to the catheterization laboratory for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is standard of care for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Nevertheless, a significant number of STEMI-patients are initially treated in chest pain units (CPUs) of admitting hospitals. Thus, it is important to characterize these patients and to define ...

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