Mechanical complications of acute myocardial infarction.

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Mechanical complications of acute myocardial infarction.

Cardiol Clin. 2013 Nov;31(4):519-31

Authors: Kutty RS, Jones N, Moorjani N

Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) can result in ischemic, mechanical, arrhythmic, embolic, or inflammatory complications. The development of mechanical complications following AMI is associated with a significantly reduced short-term and long-term survival. Since the introduction of primary percutaneous coronary intervention as the principal reperfusion strategy following acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction, the incidence of mechanical complications, including rupture of the left ventricular free wall, papillary muscle, and ventricular septum, has reduced significantly to less than 1%. Despite high operative mortality, the lack of an effective medical alternative makes surgical repair the mainstay of current management for these patients.

PMID: 24188218 [PubMed - in process]

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