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March 23, 2023

Myocardial infarction national treatment programme

The Health Ministry yesterday launched for the first time a national programme for invasive treatment of acute myocardial infarction, in order to cut relevant mortality rate down to less than half of the cases now, the head of the Bucharest University Emergency Hospital’s Cardiology Clinic, Dragos Vinereanu, said. Roughly 13,000 cases of acute myocardial infarction are reported in Romania on a given year, yet less than five per cent of patients undergo primary angioplasty surgery able to save their lives. At nearly 13 per cent, acute myocardial infarction death rate in Romania is among Europe’s highest.

Health Minister Cseke Attila, who attended the launch, said the RON 15 M allotted to the programme adds to the funds already allocated to the chronic patients programme. He also said the programme will come into effect in 10 centres opened at emergency hospitals or, depending on the case, at cardiovascular institutes in Bucharest, Targu Mures, Cluj, Iasi and Timisoara. The health minister estimates a number of 3,500 cases will be dealt with in the first 12 months of the programme, about one-quarter more than the current under 5 per cent.

Also yesterday, the health minister signed an order aimed at helping training of cardiology specialists, who will receive a two-year certificate at the completion of the course scheduled to start in June this year.

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