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26 September 2019
Systematic investment in the delivery of guideline-coherent therapy reduces mortality and overall costs in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction: Results from the Stent for Life economic model for Romania, Portugal, Basque Country and Kemerovo region was published in European Heart Journal.

8 December 2018
Results from standardized nurse assisted education FLAMI program were presented at World Congress of Cardiology 2018.
Intervention led to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, glycaemia and better clinical outcomes in patients after myocardial infarction treated by primary PCI during 12 months follow up period in four European countries.

9 April 2017
Results from standardized nurse assisted education including behavioral intervention and patient self-awareness program were presented at Europrevent Congress 2017.
Data from the FLAMI Czech Republic show higher decrease of LDL cholesterol in prospective educated group during 12 months follow up period.

17 May 2016
HELIS Partners Consulting invited to publish an overview of the SFL Intitiative as an editorial for the EuroIntervention Journal: The Stent for Life Initiative: quo vadis?

  • Barriers to overcome when developing an SFL regional STEMI network
  • Importance of the role of government – experience from SFL Bulgaria, SFL Spain, SFL Turkey and SFL Egypt
  • SFL results at three years and the implementation of SFL principles under complex political situations
  • Building SFL regional STEMI networks and emergency services infrastructures in emerging countries
  • Results from the SFL economic model
  • STEMI patient education – improving the quality of care of patients surviving an acute heart attack

10 August 2014
Stent for Life Initiative: leading example in building STEMI systems of care in emerging countries article published by HELIS Partners Consulting in EuroIntervention Journal.
Opportunities and challenges in building ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) systems of care in Stent for Life affiliated and collaborating so-called emerging countries, namely India, China, South Africa and Mexico, where CAD mortality is increasing and becoming a significant healthcare problem. The Stent for Life model supports the implementation of ESC STEMI Guidelines in Europe and endeavours to impact on morbidity and mortality by improving services and developing regional STEMI systems of care, whereby STEMI patients’ timely access to a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) is assured.

19 May 2016
The EuroPCR 2016’s Daily Wire covers the Stent for Life Initiative.

  • SFL Health Economics Model: The implementation of the SFL Initiative resulted in a significant reduction of morbidity, mortality and labour productivity loss
  • SFL calls for earliest secondary prevention at STEMI patients discharge from a hospital

15 October 2015
The implementation of a public awareness campaign, and in particular the increased use of the EMS number, is associated with a significant increase in the number of patients treated within a STEMI network. Impact of the “ACT NOW. SAVE A LIFE” public awareness campaign on the performance of a European STEMI network study is published in the International Journal of Cardiology.

06 August 2015
Framework for a National STEMI Program: consensus document developed by STEMI INDIA, Cardiological Society of India and Association Physicians of India publication available from Indian Heart Journal.
India has the highest burden of Acute Coronary Syndrome patients in the world. The STEMI management require organized systems of care to improve key processes to create new opportunities to deliver adequate reperfusion therapies in India by addressing various clinical, logistical and societal factors. This article attempts to lay down a framework for a National STEMI Program in India.

01 August 2014
A cross-sectional descriptive study based on aggregated country-level data on the use of reperfusion therapy in patients admitted with STEMI during 2010 or 2011 was published in European heart journal. Large variations in reperfusion treatment are still present across Europe. Countries in Eastern and Southern Europe reported that a substantial number of STEMI patients are not receiving any reperfusion therapy. Implementation of the best reperfusion therapy as recommended in the guidelines should be encouraged.

25 August 2012
The Stent for Life Initiative was founded in September 2008 with the aim to promote the life-saving indications for percutaneous coronary interventions – especially in all forms of acute myocardial infarction. Stent for Life: how this initiative began?, published in the EuroIntervention Journal, describes how this initiative began.

25 August 2012
Variable penetration of primary angioplasty in Europe – what determines the implementation rate? is published in EuroIntervention Journal.
Stent for Life national action programmes, establishing the delivery of PPCI in an effective, high-quality and timely manner, have been developed and are being implemented in SFL countries. The formation of regional PPCI networks involving emergency medical services, non-PPCI hospitals and PPCI centres is considered to be a critical factor in implementing PPCI services effectively. Better monitoring of STEMI incidence and prospective registration of PPCI in all countries is required to document improvements in health care and to identify areas where further effort is required. Furthermore, studies on potential factors or characteristics that explain the national penetration of PPCI are needed. Such knowledge will be necessary to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation, and will be the first step in ensuring equal access to PPCI treatment for STEMI patients in Europe.

15 May 2012
Since SFL was launched, several activities have been initiated in the participating countries. Preliminary reports suggest that major increases have been seen in the numbers of PPCI performed, with some countries reporting very significant increases in PPCI use from 2008-2010. Improvements in STEMI mortality rates have also been observed. Implementation of primary angioplasty in Europe: Stent for Life initiative progress report summarises the progress of the SFL initiative in the 10 target countries.

January 2012
Article about the Stent for Life Initiative progress in 10 European countries has been published in European Cardiology. Read more…

December 2011
The Stent for Life Initiative supports implementation of local STEMI treatment guidelines, helps to identify specific barriers to implementation of guidelines and defines actions to make sure that the majority of STEMI patients have access to PPCI. Launching a successful programme for PPCI requires the commitment and collaboration of a broad variety of members of the healthcare system. Status of Stent for Life Initiative across Europe narrative review, published in Journal of cardiovascular medicine, is intended to describe some of the progress already seen in the 10 countries currently included in the Stent for Life Initiative and to report and discuss the engagement of the various stakeholders involved.