Journal article

Decreased free radical scavengers with reperfusion after coronary angioplasty in patients with acute myocardial infarction

A Lafont, TH Marwick, GM Chisolm, F VanLente, KJ Vaska, PL Whitlow

AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 1996

Abstract

Early reperfusion after myocardial infarction improves survival rate and is thought to preserve myocardial function, but the reperfusion of ischemic tissue may release oxygen free radicals, which could adversely affect left ventricular function and diminish the beneficial effects of reperfusion. Measurements related to free radical scavenging (plasma and erythrocyte enzyme systems, which are involved in free radical control, alpha-tocopherol, selenium, and manganese superoxide dismutase) may be indirect markers of free radical production. We evaluated 10 patients undergoing coronary angioplasty within 4 hours of myocardial infarction to measure the impact of abrupt reperfusion on free radica..

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