In the past, corrective invasive procedures used after a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction [AMI]) were not commonly offered to patients over 80 as they were judged to be too risky. However, this practice is changing. The trend today for these invasive procedures, such as revascularization, is now more common in patients of this age group as they contribute to an increased survival rate that greatly outweighs the perceived risk.
This is according to Dr. Louise Pilote, researcher in epidemiology at the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI MUHC), who in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Montreal and the Jewish General Hospital, has just published these results in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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