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Myocardial salvage is like  coronary fire fighting.When fire is fought  very early after the accident  , benefits are accrued  more . Text book primary angioplasty is . . .  fire engine arriving at the scene when the house is on fire .

Rescue angioplasty is asking for more force ,  when the initial fire fighting  was inefficient to control the fire. So , it is obvious the rescue efforts should be fast and brisk.In fact the pace should me more than the primary (The the second engine should  reach the ground zero  faster than the first !  – Read as  door -balloon time ! )

But what happens in real world ? We would tell  time window for primary angioplasty even in sleep ! but will struggle to come   with clear cut  answer for the  same in  rescue angioplasty  even in a  fully awake state !


It is  an overwhelming fact , we have  not taken enough efforts to define strict time limit  for rescue .( Even though guidelines say it should not be beyond  24  hours , common sense will tell us rescue PCI should not go beyond 12-15 hour window ! .One more definition for rescue PCI could be within 3 hours after diagnosing failed thrombolysis. In real world  it is a race against time in a different perspective .In many centers  rescue angioplasty “enjoys time less windows “

I was funny witness in a big private  hospital  when a  colleague  of mine  has posted  a case for  “elective rescue angioplasty” and was  waiting in the side cabin  for his turn !

Coming back to the title question

Why we often follow  a reckless time window for rescue Angioplasty ?

The reason is simple

Time is not only  muscle . . . time  is  money too !

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