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Data from The United Kingdom Heart Attack Study (UKHAS) Collaborative Group[1] showed how important in terms of absolute lives saved access to CPR with a defibrillator was after acute MI. It is much more important than early access to thrombolysis whose importance can be estimated from the data from a meta-analysis of all major thrombolysis trials[2]. Such composite data representation from two different patient populations is technically inaccurate but is the only way to make the point with existing data that interventions such as thrombolysis (or the slightly more effective percutaneous coronary angioplasty) may be less resource effective than ensuring prompt defibrillator access after a myocardial infarction. Of course primary prevention of MI, by say reducing population smoking rates, may be even more resource effective.

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