Narrative reviews: Interventional cardiology: inside Stent for Life Guest editors: William Wijns & Emanuele BarbatoThe Stent for Life project in ItalyDe Luca, Leonardo; Marzocchi, Antonio; Guagliumi, GiulioAuthor Information aDivision of Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, European Hospital, Rome bIstituto di Cardiologia, Università degli Studi, Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna cDivision of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Department, Ospedali Riuniti, Bergamo, Italy Correspondence to Dr Giulio Guagliumi, Division of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Department, Ospedali Riuniti, Bergamo, Italy E-mail: [email protected] Received 27 September, 2011 Accepted 27 September, 2011 Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: December 2011 - Volume 12 - Issue 12 - p 850-855 doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e32834da4f2 Buy Metrics Abstract In Italy, as in other European countries, public service healthcare presents some disparities that are related to geographical, economic, organizational and structural issues. Although some Italian regions have excellent networks for the treatment of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), others still have to develop a model that allows each STEMI patient to receive the best reperfusion treatment. A recent nationwide registry from the Italian Society of Interventional Cardiology (SICI-GISE) showed that efficient STEMI networks cover approximately 50% of the Italian territory. For these reasons, Italy joined the Stent for Life initiative in August 2010 with the primary goal of implementing and defining tailored action programs in order to ensure that the majority of the Italian STEMI population have access to life-saving primary percutaneous coronary intervention. © 2011 Italian Federation of Cardiology. All rights reserved.