How to set up regional STEMI networks: a "Stent - Save a life!" initiative

EuroIntervention. 2022 Mar 18;17(16):1313-1317. doi: 10.4244/EIJ-D-21-00694.


Clinical guidelines recommend the development of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) networks at community, regional and/or national level to ideally offer primary coronary angioplasty, or at least the best available STEMI care to all patients. However, there is a discrepancy between this clinical recommendation and daily practice, with no coordinated care for STEMI patients in many regions of the world. While this can be a consequence of lack of resources, in reality it is more frequently a lack of organisational power. In this paper, the Stent - Save a Life! Initiative ( proposes a practical methodology to set up a STEMI network effectively in any region of the world with existing resources, and to develop the STEMI network continuously once it has been established.

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary*
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Infarction*
  • ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction* / surgery
  • Stents