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Open Access Current Considerations of Thrombectomy for Acute Myocardial Infarction

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Management of thrombus in coronary lesions remains a challenge that is frequently encountered during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and is usually associated with poor clinical outcomes. At the same time, the optimum management of such lesions remains a dilemma. Multiple thrombus removal procedures have emerged with the short-term aim of improving myocardial perfusion and a longer-term aim of decreasing the incidence of both major adverse cardiac events (MACE) and all-cause mortality. In this review, we will highlight the main procedures utilized for thrombus removal during primary PCI for STEMI, with particular emphasis on aspiration thrombectomy. We will also approach possible theories that might explain the apparent lack of clinical benefit recently shown with such procedures.

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Keywords: acute myocardial infarction; aspiration thrombectomy; percutaneous coronary intervention

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2016

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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