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Taming the Heart Attack

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(An excellent review article on the history of care after heart attacks.)..

“What we did for patients with acute MI was place them in a cool, dark place. Give them morphine for pain and lidocaine to prevent arrhythmias and hope for the best.”

The speaker is Steven Nissen, MD, director of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is describing standard care 25 years ago when he was a fellow at the University of Kentucky.

“When someone came in with a big infarct — if he survived — we sent him home with a big infarct and waited for more infarcts,” Nissen told MedPage Today.

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Written by heartcurrents

February 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Posted in heart conditions

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