Distal myocardial protection during percutaneous coronary intervention: when and where?

@article{Gorog2005DistalMP,
  title={Distal myocardial protection during percutaneous coronary intervention: when and where?},
  author={Diana A. Gorog and Rodney A. Foale and Iqbal S. Malik},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={46 8},
  pages={1434-45}
}
The discrepancy between angiographic success and microvascular perfusion has been recognized for some time. In the face of an open artery, the degree of microvascular perfusion determines post-infarct prognosis. Despite successful epicardial recanalization, tissue perfusion may be absent in up to 25% patients with acute myocardial infarction. Historically associated with saphenous vein graft intervention, embolization is increasingly recognized in native coronary arteries, particularly in… CONTINUE READING

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