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J Am Coll Cardiol. 1983 May;1(5):1247-53.

Nonsurgical reperfusion in evolving myocardial infarction.


Nonsurgical recanalization of the occluded coronary artery has been performed in patients with evolving myocardial infarction since the late 1970s by intracoronary administration of thrombolytic agents at the ostium of the occluded artery or directly to the site of occlusion. The authors review the basic concepts underlying intracoronary thrombolysis, the method applied at their institution and the clinical results. Reperfusion of totally occluded arteries or termination of the ischemic state in subtotally occluded arteries was achieved in 71 (87.7%) of 81 patients. Reocclusion occurred in four patients, in three of these at a time when anticoagulation became temporarily ineffective, emphasizing the need for uninterrupted anticoagulation with a partial thromboplastin time longer than 80 seconds. Thallium scintigraphic studies before and after reperfusion showed a decrease in defect, indicating myocardial salvage, in the successful cases but not in failures or untreated control subjects. A decrease in thallium-201 defect was followed by improvement of regional wall motion and usually also left ventricular ejection fraction. Three of the patients with an unsuccessful result and one patient with a successful result died. Bypass surgery was performed electively in 18 patients because of multiple vessel involvement. Intracoronary thrombolysis appears to be a relatively safe and promising procedure. A large controlled study will be needed for definitive assessment of its role in the management of acute myocardial infarction.

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