• A. Pajaron Lopez
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 81)


The creation of Coronary Units, or Cardiologic Intensive Care Units (a more modern term that better defines their function) in the early 60s served to fundamentally reduce the mortality rate of myocardial infarction by recuperating patients with primary ventricular fibrillation. The units were effective and, as a consequence of the large number of patients with coronary problems, they were soon popular throughout the civilized world. Later, mainly as a result of the creation of these Cardiologic Intensive Care Units, the complications of myocardial necrosis in the acute phase of infarction were studied more intensively and causes of mortality were found to be cardiogenic shock and ventricular wall rupture. These two causes are so fundamental that the mortality rate cannot be further reduced without treating them.


Public Health Mortality Rate Myocardial Infarction Drug Treatment Acute Phase 
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