This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Primary care management following an acute myocardial infarction

Written by: | Published:

The role of primary care is essential It is estimated that nearly 1.5 million people in the UK have survived an AMI, so the role of primary care is essential

For more on this topic Click here

In the UK cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the second most common reason for admission to hospital, 8.4% of total admissions, specifically with 188,000 people being admitted with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) per year.1 Of those who attend with an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) 90% are treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) within 90 minutes of arrival at hospital, typically the regional heart attack centre.2

It is estimated that nearly 1.5 million people in the UK have survived an AMI and there is an increased risk of death from cardiovascular causes at 5% per year.3,4 Effective secondary prevention measures, to reduce the on-going impact of the AMI, can significantly reduce this risk. So up to date knowledge of the on-going management of such patients once discharged, is a key area of competence for primary care nurses.5

Myocardial Infarction

An AMI is part of the spectrum of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which comprises a triad of; cardiac sounding chest pain, ischaemic ECG changes accompanied with or without a troponin rise.6

Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.