Myocardial protection by intravenous diltiazem during angioplasty of single-vessel coronary artery disease.

The possible cardioprotective effect of diltiazem during ischemia caused by percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty was tested. Electrocardiograms and myocardial lactate, hypoxanthine and urate production were determined in 26 patients with a stenosis in the left anterior descending artery without angiographically demonstrable collaterals… CONTINUE READING