In a study of 187 acute myocardial infarction patients, we compared the early and long-term course and prognoses of 70 elderly patients with non-Q- wave infarction with those of 61 younger patients with non-Q-wave and 56 elderly patients with Q-wave infarction. The principle finding was that the elderly non-Q-wave infarction patients accounted for 62% of all deaths occurring during the first year after hospital discharge. This suggests that an aggressive diagnostic and therapeutic approach might be of particular benefit to these high-risk patients.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1996|