ST elevation myocardial infarction initial care
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The goal of initial care of the STEMI patient is to restore epicardial artery patency as rapidly and fully as possible, and to reduce the risk of early vessel reocclusion. Other goals include reducing the risk of lethal ventricular arrhythmias and other mechanical complications as well as reducing myocardial oxygen demands to limit infarct size with beta blockers.
Overview of Initial Therapies
Initial therapies include oxygen, aspirin, nitroglycerin or glyceryl trinitrate (an important exception is if the patient has a right ventricular myocardial infarction) and analgesia (usually morphine).  Morphine is the preferred analgesic agent due to its ability to reduce adrenergic drive and reduce preload (it is a venodilator). NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors should be discontinued due to their association with higher rates of adverse events.  The antiplatelet agent aspirin has been associated with a reduction in mortality and has limited adverse effects.  Full dose non-enteric coated aspirin (162 mg to 325 mg) should be administered to a STEMI patient who does not have a history of hypersensitivity to ASA as soon as possible. In the absence of cardiogenic shock or heart failure, a beta blocker should also be administered.
Once the diagnosis of myocardial infarction is confirmed and diagnoses that would contraindicate the administration of antithrombins such as aortic dissection and pericarditis have been excluded, antithrombin therapy should be initiated. 
You can read in greater detail about each of the therapies below in greater detail by clicking on the link for that therapy.
- The 2004 ACC/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Patients With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction 
- The 2007 Focused Update of the ACC/AHA 2004 Guidelines for the Management of Patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction 
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- Antman EM, Anbe DT, Armstrong PW, Bates ER, Green LA, Hand M, Hochman JS, Krumholz HM, Kushner FG, Lamas GA, Mullany CJ, Ornato JP, Pearle DL, Sloan MA, Smith SC, Alpert JS, Anderson JL, Faxon DP, Fuster V, Gibbons RJ, Gregoratos G, Halperin JL, Hiratzka LF, Hunt SA, Jacobs AK (2004). "ACC/AHA guidelines for the management of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines (Committee to Revise the 1999 Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction)". Circulation. 110 (9): e82–292. PMID 15339869. Unknown parameter
- Antman EM, Hand M, Armstrong PW; et al. (2008). "2007 Focused Update of the ACC/AHA 2004 Guidelines for the Management of Patients With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines: developed in collaboration With the Canadian Cardiovascular Society endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians: 2007 Writing Group to Review New Evidence and Update the ACC/AHA 2004 Guidelines for the Management of Patients With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, Writing on Behalf of the 2004 Writing Committee". Circulation. 117 (2): 296–329. PMID 18071078. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.188209. Unknown parameter
- The MD TV: Comments on Hot Topics, State of the Art Presentations in Cardiovascular Medicine, Expert Reviews on Cardiovascular Research
- Clinical Trial Results: An up to date resource of Cardiovascular Research
- Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack - based on information of the Framingham Heart Study, from the United States National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
- Heart Attack - overview of resources from MedlinePlus.
- Heart Attack Warning Signals from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
- Regional PCI for STEMI Resource Center - Evidence based online resource center for the development of regional PCI networks for acute STEMI
- STEMI Systems - Articles, profiles, and reviews of the latest publications involved in STEMI care. Quarterly newsletter.
- American College of Cardiology (ACC) Door to Balloon (D2B) Initiative.
- American Heart Association's Heart Attack web site - Information and resources for preventing, recognizing and treating heart attack.