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      Myocardial Salvage following Elective Angioplasty for Total Coronary Occlusion

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      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Coronary angioplasty, Total coronary occlusion, Myocardial salvage

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          A 65-year-old man with unstable angina had a critical left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis which progressed to total occlusion, without evidence of acute myocardial infarction. Thallium imaging revealed defects in the distribution of the left anterior descending coronary artery on exercise and redistribution, 4h later. <sup>99m</sup>Tc radionuclide angiography showed a fall in left ventricular ejection fraction on exercise, and contrast cineangiography showed an extensive area of akinesia. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty was successful without any complications. Repeat radionuclide studies demonstrated improvement of both myocardial perfusion and function. Angiography at 1 year showed normal left ventricular contraction and no evidence of recurrent stenosis. The patient is free of angina, on no medication 2 years after angioplasty. This case illustrates the feasibility of myocardial salvage by elective coronary angioplasty in patients with unstable angina total coronary occlusion.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1987
          1987
          11 November 2008
          : 74
          : 6
          : 474-478
          Affiliations
          Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
          Article
          174240 Cardiology 1987;74:474–478
          10.1159/000174240
          2963694
          © 1987 S. Karger AG, Basel

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