Journal article

Reduction of "no-reflow" phenomenon by intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation in a randomized magnetic resonance imaging experimental study.

Luciano C Amado, Dara L Kraitchman, Bernhard L Gerber, Ernesto Castillo, Raymond C Boston, Joseph Grayzel, João AC Lima

J Am Coll Cardiol | Published : 2004


OBJECTIVES: Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) can improve post-myocardial infarction (MI) outcomes, but the mechanisms of such effect remain unclear. We hypothesized that IABC augmentation reduces the extent of microvascular obstruction after acute infarction. BACKGROUND: Microvascular obstruction or "no-reflow" (MO) has been shown to negatively influence left ventricular (LV) remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Seventeen dogs underwent 90 min of coronary artery occlusion followed by reperfusion. Animals were then randomized to either IABC (n = 9) or control (n = 8); IABC augmentation was performed for 24 h after MI. Microvascular obstruction and infarct size by ..

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