Backing for post-MI intervention in the over 80s

Age should not be a barrier to coronary interventions, say new findings that challenge conventional thinking that a softly-softly approach is best for older patients with acute coronary syndrome.

Patients aged 80 or over with non-ST-elevation MI (NSTEMI) or unstable angina are more likely to benefit from early invasive treatment than conservative management, a study of almost 500 Norwegian patients in the Lancet shows. 

Octogenarians with NSTEMI or unstable angina who receive invasive treatment are about 50%