Giorgos Andrikopoulos: Thrombosis is linked with atrial fibrillation and myocardial infarction

Thrombosis is linked with atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction and the less known venous thromboembolic disease which kills over 50,000 persons every year in Greece. However, the early prognosis and diagnosis of thrombosis could save thousands of people.

The myocardial infarction is one of the main factors for thromboembolic strokes, says cardiologist and vice president of the Institute For The Study And Education On Thrombosis And Antithrombotic Therapy Giorgos Andrikopoulos. The stroke that is linked with the myocardial infarctions can be very dangerous because it fosters the creation of large thrombus inside the heart chambers. The patients have double possibilities to end with permanent disabilities and is more possible to die in comparison with patients that suffer from strokes that are not related with myocardial infarction, underlined Andrikopoulos.

A Greek Cardio Institute research showed that 3 percent of the population over 14 years old in Greece suffers from myocardial infarction which is interpreted in 300,000 persons.

Myocardial infarction is responsible for 15 percent of the15 mln stroke incidents recorded every year worldwide. In Greece, as scientists say, the problem will increase in the next years because after the age of 75 the frequency of myocardial infarction episodes exceeds 10 percent.