STEMI comes up with standards to manage heart attack

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on July 10, 2016

In a bid to tackle rising incidences of heart-related ailments, doctors are planning to come up with standards on managing ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) for heart attacks.

Over the last three decades, the prevalence of CAD has increased by 300 per cent; from 2- 6 per cent in rural India and from 4- 12 per cent in urban India. It is now projected that the number of Indians with CAD is above 60 million of which 23 million is below the age of 40 years and 10 million younger than 30 years. CAD is projected to claim 2.9 million lives annually, of which almost 1 million will be younger than 40 years of age, according to World Health Organization.

C N Manjunath, Course Director, explained that the meeting was to develop a Heart Attack management programme in Karnataka, which is seeing an increase in such instances. The programme that is now called the STEMI INDIA model has been validated and is considered as the heart attack management programme ideal for all low and middle income countries.

He pointed out that acute myocardial infarction is one of the most challenging emergencies in CAD but if treated promptly and appropriately can result in significant reduction in death and disability.

The STEMI INDIA 2016 program will train doctors to manage heart attacks and help hospitals to develop ‘Heart Attack Teams’ to efficiently manage high risk patients.

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Published on July 10, 2016
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