Pilot program in Tamil Nadu focuses on acute care of ST-elevation myocardial infarction

A treatment plan for the acute care of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been launched within a large rural district of Tamil Nadu, India. Taking advantage of recent changes, such as the GVK EMRI ambulance system and the government insurance program in Tamil Nadu, the program’s early data demonstrate an improvement in the quality of acute STEMI care by dramatically decreasing the time from symptom onset to hospital arrival and subsequent receipt of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

“This is a pilot project funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research to develop a system of care that could be a model for an eventual STEMI system of care in India. Eventually, we believe that this model could be transplanted across geographies beyond India.”
-Thomas Alexander, MD, FACC, FCSI, member of the board of directors of STEMI INDIA and senior consultant and interventional cardiologist at Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, India

According to the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health’s 2005 report, the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is on the...

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