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Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2013 Feb;11(2):203-19. doi: 10.1586/erc.12.173.

Assessing myocardial recovery following ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: short- and long-term perspectives using cardiovascular magnetic resonance.

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  • 1University Clinic of Internal MedicineĀ III (Cardiology), Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.


Myocardial recovery after revascularization for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains a significant diagnostic and, despite novel treatment strategies, a therapeutic challenge. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has emerged as a valuable clinical and research tool after acute STEMI. It represents the gold standard for functional and morphological evaluation of the left ventricle. Gadolinium-based perfusion and late-enhancement viability imaging has expanded our knowledge about the underlying pathologies of inadequate myocardial recovery. T2-weighted imaging of myocardial salvage after early reperfusion of the infarct-related artery underlines the effectiveness of current invasive treatment for STEMI. In the last decade, the number of publications on CMR after acute STEMI continued to rise, with no plateau in sight. Currently, CMR research is gathering robust prognostic data on standardized CMR protocols with the aim to substantially improve patient care and prognosis. Beyond established CMR protocols, more specific methods such as magnetic resonance relaxometry, myocardial tagging, 4D phase-contrast imaging and novel superparamagnetic contrast agents are emerging. This review will discuss the currently available data on the use of CMR after acute STEMI and take a brief look at developing new methods currently under investigation.

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