Saturday, February 9, 2008

Improving Reperfusion in Patients with Myocardial Infarction

Editorial In New England Journal Of Medicine Written By Nationally Known VCU Cardiologist

Medical News Today

09 Feb 2008

George W. Vetrovec, M.D., chair of cardiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, known nationally for his study and treatment of coronary artery disease, says a new technique for treating blocked coronary arteries shows promise, but is best performed by experienced physicians.

The editorial review, Improving Reperfusion in Patients with Myocardial Infarction, appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

A study - also published in the current issue - investigates a technique for treating patients suffering a myocardial infarction, or heart attack.

The procedure, called a thrombectomy, uses a special aspiration catheter placed at the site of an arterial blockage, or clot, causing the heart attack. Doctors then suction out the thrombus, or blockage, and place a stent to prevent the area from becoming occluded again.

According to Vetrovec, the technique reduces the chance that pieces of the blockage could travel downstream and cause another obstruction - a potential consequence with traditional balloon angioplasty.

Importantly, he adds, beyond the improvement of perfusion, or blood flow restoration, is the fact that clinical outcomes were improved and the improvements correlated with the improved markers of perfusion. Vetrovec is world-renowned for his studies on coronary artery disease.

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

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