Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remains a major problem in the Western world. Complete and concise, Primary Angioplasty: Mechanical Interventions for Acute Myocardial Infarction provides an update on the rationale, techniques, and effectiveness of direct percutaneous mechanical revascularization for AMI. It combines a critical review of the key studies that are the foundation of evidence-based medicine with the so-called 'technology of experience.' The book puts the pathophysiologic and clinical aspects of AMI and reperfusion in an interventional perspective, highlighting the rationale for the best interventional approach to the patient with AMI. Sharing insights based on their years of experience, the chapter authors present a comprehensive review of direct angioplasty and stenting supported by a full description of cases representing different angiographic and clinical patient subsets. The innovative format includes four sections based on clinical, technical, procedural, and logistic aspects of mechanical intervention for AMI. The book may be read in a conventional way, from beginning to end, or alternatively, starting from one of the four sections, and then following all possible sequences for the remaining three sections.