Research Shows 300,000 Greeks at Risk of Strokes Related to Myocardial Infarction


Doctors believe that early prognosis and diagnosis of conditions linked to thrombosis such as atrial fibrillation and myocardial infarction could save thousands of lives each year.

The subject is of much interest to doctors as thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction and the less known venous thromboembolic disease is responsible for the deaths of over 50,000 people every year in Greece.

Myocardial infarction is one of the main factors for thromboembolic strokes, says cardiologist and vice president of the Institute for the Study and Education of Thrombosis and Antithrombotic Therapy, Giorgos Andrikopoulos.

Research shows that strokes linked to myocardial infarctions can be very dangerous, mainly because it fosters the creation of large thrombus inside the heart chambers.

Patients who experience this type of stroke are twice as likely to experience permanent damage and disabilities as well as a higher possibility of death in comparison with patients that suffer from strokes unrelated to myocardial infarction,  Andrikopoulos points out.

Research by the Greek Cardio Institute showed that 3 percent of the population over 14-years-old in Greece suffer from myocardial infarction; in other words some 300,000 people are at risk.

Myocardial infarction is responsible for 15 percent of the 15 million stroke incidents recorded every year worldwide and research shows that from the age of 75 the frequency of myocardial infarction episodes exceeds 10 percent.

Scientists say that in Greece the problem is expected to increase in the following years as the population ages throughout the country.

With information from ANA-MPA