The present situation in Turkey “Stent for Life” project [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2012; 40(5): 414-418 | DOI: 10.5505/tkda.2012.02488

The present situation in Turkey “Stent for Life” project

Gökhan Ertaş1, Ömer Kozan2, Muzaffer Değertekin3, Ümit Kervan4, Mehmet Aksoy5, Orhan Koç6, Ömer Göktekin1
1Bezmialem Vakıf University, Faculty of Medicine, Deparment of Cardiology, Istanbul, Turkey
2Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Medicine, Deparment of Cardiology, Izmir, Turkey
3Yeditepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Deparment of Cardiology, Istanbul, Turkey
4Yuksek Ihtisas Hospital of Turkey, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ankara, Turkey
5Gaziantep University, Faculty of Medicine, Deparment of Cardiology, Gaziantep, Turkey
6T. C. Ministry of Health, General Directorate For Therapeutic Services, Ankara, Turkey


OBJECTIVES
The Stent for Life (SFL) project’s main mission is to increase the use of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in more than 70% of all acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. Previous to the SFL project, thrombolysis was the dominant reperfusion strategy since a low percentage of acute STEMI patients had access to primary PCI in our country. In this study, we present the main barriers of access to primary PCI in the centers that were involved with the SFL project.

STUDY DESIGN
Patients with acute STEMI admitted to the centers that were involved in the SFL project between 2009 and 2011 were included in the analysis.

RESULTS
Since the inception of the SFL project, the primary PCI rate has reached over 90% in SFL pilot cities. In the last 5 years, the number of ambulances and emergency stations has increased. Since the collaboration with 112 Emergency Service, a great majority of cases were reached via the emergency medical system. The mean door-to-balloon time for the pilot cities was 54.72±43.66 minutes.

CONCLUSION
After three years of the SFL project, primary PCI has emerged as the preferred reperfusion strategy for patients with STEMI in pilot cities.

Keywords: Emergency treatment/methods, angioplasty, balloon, coronary/methods; electrocardiography; Turkey; myocardial infarction/diagnosis/therapy; stent for life

How to cite this article
Gökhan Ertaş, Ömer Kozan, Muzaffer Değertekin, Ümit Kervan, Mehmet Aksoy, Orhan Koç, Ömer Göktekin. The present situation in Turkey “Stent for Life” project. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2012; 40(5): 414-418

Corresponding Author: Gökhan Ertaş, Türkiye
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