Thrombolytic Therapy, Reperfusion Phenomena, and Myocardial Recovery: Influence of Gender
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Gender differences have been noted in mortality rates after thrombolytic therapy demonstrating that women do not fare as well as men. Several hypotheses exist to explain these differences. The hypothesis of interest in this study is whether the recovery from myocardial infarction after thrombolytic therapy might be different in men than in women. Angiographic studies have indicated the initial signs of reperfusion and beginning of myocardial recovery are observed clinically as reperfusion phenomena. The five categories of reperfusion phenomena are chest pain relief, dysrhythmias, hemodynamic changes, rapid evolution of the electrocardiogram, and creatinine kinase release. This study examined the difference of reperfusion phenomena occurrence between men and women.
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