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Herz. 2013 Jun;38(4):350-8. doi: 10.1007/s00059-013-3803-5.

[Diagnosis and therapy of chronic myocardial ischemia. Role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging].

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Klinik für Innere Medizin/Kardiologie, Herzzentrum Leipzig, Universität Leipzig, Strümpellstrasse 39, Leipzig, Germany.


In patients with chronic coronary artery disease different therapeutic strategies, such as optimal medical therapy, revascularization by percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting have been shown to improve the prognosis and symptoms and yield proven superiority over other treatment strategies in different patient populations. Thus, individual assessment of cardiac function and structure is of paramount importance to choose the optimal therapeutic strategy and subsequently improve patient prognosis. In this setting cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has been shown to provide important diagnostic information. Myocardial ischemia can be detected by either perfusion stress CMR demonstrating perfusion deficits indicative of hemodynamically relevant coronary artery stenosis or dobutamin stress CMR for objectifying wall motion abnormalities during stress. Both techniques are superior to single photon emission computerized tomography and stress echocardiography in specific patient populations. Myocardial viability can be assessed by means of end-diastolic wall thickness or delayed enhancement imaging which allows quantification of the transmural extent of scarring. Furthermore, low-dose dobutamin stress CMR can detect a contractile reserve. Delayed enhancement imaging leads to accurate results due to its high resolution, can be performed at rest requiring no stress within a short time period and is easy to analyze. Thus this technique can be recommended as the favored technique to assess myocardial viability. In the following article the CMR techniques for ischemia and viability testing will be presented and their role in diagnosis and therapy of chronic myocardial ischemia will be discussed.

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