Prognostic significance of microvascular obstruction by magnetic resonance imaging in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

  title={Prognostic significance of microvascular obstruction by magnetic resonance imaging in patients with acute myocardial infarction.},
  author={Katherine C Wu and Elias A. Zerhouni and Robert M. Judd and Carlos H. Lugo-Olivieri and Lili A. Barouch and Steven P Schulman and Roger S. Blumenthal and Joao A. C. Lima},
  volume={97 8},
BACKGROUND The extent of microvascular obstruction during acute coronary occlusion may determine the eventual magnitude of myocardial damage and thus, patient prognosis after infarction. By contrast-enhanced MRI, regions of profound microvascular obstruction at the infarct core are hypoenhanced and correspond to greater myocardial damage acutely. We investigated whether profound microvascular obstruction after infarction predicts 2-year cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. METHODS AND… 

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