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The effect of streptokinase on return to work 18 months after a first myocardial infarction


Christensen, J. H.; Ravn, L.; Rasmussen, S. E. [u. a.]


American College of Angiology; Angiology Research Foundation; International College of Angiology


Angiology, 1995, Volume 46 (Number 10), Seite 923-928, Glen Head, New York: Westminster Publications, ISSN: 0003-3197




In order to assess the impact of thrombolytic therapy on return to work eighteen months after a first myocardial infarction, 32 patients treated with streptokinase were compared with 30 patients not treated with streptokinase. The study was designed as a historical cohort study.

The patients in both groups had continuous chest pain of less than six hours prior to admission and electrocardiographic changes consistent with acute myocardial infarction (MI). The two groups were comparable with respect to medical variables related to their myocardial infarction and to educational level. A total of 17 patients (53%) in the streptokinase group and 16 (53%) among controls had stopped working eighteen months after their MI.

An association between the treatment and the working status could not be found (relative risk = 1.0) nor could it be found if the figures were corrected for deaths and retirements because of age. In conclusion, this study could not demonstrate any beneficial effect of thrombolytic therapy on the return to work eighteen months after an initial myocardial infarction.

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