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Eur Heart J. 2011 Jan;32(1):23-31. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehq393. Epub 2010 Oct 29.

Peri-procedural myocardial injury during percutaneous coronary intervention: an important target for cardioprotection.

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Division of Medicine, The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, University College Medical School, 67 Chenies Mews, London, UK.


Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become the predominant procedure for coronary revascularization in patients with both stable and unstable coronary artery disease (CAD). Over the past two decades, technical advances in PCI have resulted in a better and safer therapeutic procedure with minimal procedural complications. However, about 30% of patients undergoing elective PCI sustain myocardial injury arising from the procedure itself, the extent of which is significant enough to carry prognostic importance. The peri-procedural injury which accompanies PCI might therefore reduce some of the beneficial effects of coronary revascularization. The availability of more sensitive serum biomarkers of myocardial injury such as creatine phosphokinase MB isoenzyme (CK-MB), Troponin T, and Troponin I has enabled the quantification of previously undetectable myocardial injury. Peri-procedural myocardial injury (PMI) can also be visualized by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, a technique which allows the detection and quantification of myocardial necrosis following PCI. The identification of CAD patients at greatest risk of sustaining PMI during PCI would allow targeted treatment with novel therapies capable of limiting the extent of PMI or reducing the number of patients experiencing PMI.

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