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When is myocardial viability an important clinical issue?

Authors
  • Iskandrian, A S
  • Heo, J
  • Stanberry, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1994
Volume
35
Issue
4 Suppl
Identifiers
PMID: 8151412
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Myocardial viability is a clinically important issue in patients after acute myocardial infarction and in patients with left ventricular dysfunction in the presence or absence of symptoms. With these broad criteria, roughly 10% to 20% of patients with coronary artery disease will be suitable candidates for myocardial viability studies. Techniques that predict improvement in regional or global left ventricular function must be able to detect hibernating myocardium. The improvement observed following coronary revascularization represents a complex interaction between compensatory mechanisms, coronary anatomy, surgical outcome and patient selection.

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