Aortic counterpulsation may improve late patency of the occluded coronary artery in patients with early failure of thrombolytic therapy.

@article{Kono1996AorticCM,
  title={Aortic counterpulsation may improve late patency of the occluded coronary artery in patients with early failure of thrombolytic therapy.},
  author={Takeshi Kono and Hiroshi Morita and Takeshi Nishina and Miwa Fujita and Hirayasu Onaka and Yuki Hirota and Koichi Kawamura and Atsushi Fujiwara},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={1996},
  volume={28 4},
  pages={876-81}
}
OBJECTIVES Using a prospective, randomized design, we tested our hypothesis that the augmentation of diastolic pressure by intraaortic balloon counterpulsation (IABP) would improve the late patency of the occluded coronary artery in patients with early failure of thrombolytic therapy. BACKGROUND Rescue angioplasty is often performed in patients in whom thrombolysis has failed, although 30% to 60% of the infarct-related arteries that are closed early after thrombolytic therapy will open later… CONTINUE READING

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