Stent - Save a Life: Stent for Life Initiative

Stent - Save a Life!

Stent For Life (SFL) Initiative

The Stent - Save a Life! initiative - follows the success of the outstanding Stent for Life programme which was effective from 2008 to 2016, in 23 countries, mainly in Europe. This initiative significantly improved the delivery of guideline complying therapy and patient access to the lifesaving indication of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (p-PCI), thereby reducing mortality and morbidity in patients suffering from an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The primary intention of Stent Save a Life is to extend this mission globally, following the increasing needs and adapting it to the specific demands of the various regions of the world.

What is Stent Save a Life?

This is a joint initiative between the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI), a registered branch of the ESC and PCR which provides an European platform for interventional cardiologists, government representatives, industry partners, patient groups and patients to work together, by shaping the health care systems and medical practices, to ensure that the majority of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients have an equal access to the life saving indication of p-PCI.

Stent – Save a Life follows the successful Stent for Life initiative and takes the project to reduce mortality and morbidity in patients suffering from an acute coronary syndrome to a global level.

The purpose of the Stent Save a Life initiative is to:

Reduce the mortality and morbidity of patients suffering from acute coronary syndromes (ACS) by  supporting the implementation of European Clinical Practice Guidelines on Myocardial Revascularization at national and regional levels.

There are two key objectives that will determine success:

  1. Define regions and countries with an unmet medical need in the optimal treatment of ACS

  2. Implement an action programme to increase patient access to primary PCI where indicated, and thus increase the use of primary PCI to more than 70% among all STEMI patients, achieve PCI rates of more than 600 per one million inhabitants per year, and offer 24/7 service for p-PCI procedures at invasive facilities to cover the country STEMI population need.

Stent for Life / Stent Save a Life Guidebook: How-to-Guide

As a member of the Stent for Life (SFL) / Stent - Save a Life (SSL) Initiative, or being inspired by the SSL program, the SFL / SSL Guidebook will provide you with guidance on all aspects, including setting up your local structure and Task Force, establishing external partnerships, mapping the local situation, developing a strategic plan and delivering changes in local practice. We invite you to familiarise yourself not only with the current contents, but also any updates we send as new materials become available. Finally, we would like to thank you for your hard work and commitment to the success of this important initiative.

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Stent - Save a Life! has recently launched its new website

Stent Save a Live website

Stent For Life has evolved into Stent Save a Life, offering you a global and simplified access to all Stent initiatives to heal a heart. The new website is offering you easy access to the various projects, country initiatives and resources while taking the SSL initiative to the global level!

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Safe Trip Advisor project supported by Stent - Save a Life!

Stent Save a Life - Save trip Advisor

Help the Stent – Save a Life! Safe Trip Advisor platform and provide coronary patients the opportunity to continue traveling and discovering the world. Let your Fragile Heart travel safely around the globe! This life-saving project is to be fully supported by crowd funding. 

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Upcoming events


Stent - Save a Life! 2018 Annual Forum

The Forum, held in Room 352A at Palais des Congres in Paris on 21 March 2018. This Annual Forum will offer the opportunity to assess the results of the new orientation given to the initiative one year after its launch.

Stent - Save a Life! @EuroPCR 2018

We will be back again this year at the World-Leading Course in interventional cardiovascular medicine - bringing together 12,000+ participants every year: 22-25 May at the Palais des Congrès, Paris, France. Save the date!

Stent - Save a Life! @AfricaPCR 2018

Stent Save a Life will be attending AfricaPCR 2018 from 25–27 March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Thisoffers a unique opportunity for the interventional cardiovascular community in the Africa region to share knowledge, experience and practice in cardiovascular intervention.

Stent - Save a Life: sessions and articles