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Despite recent improvements in treatment, myocardial infarction (heart attack) is still a leading cause of illness and death in the UK. Following the acute event, it is difficult to predict which patients are at risk of further problems, such as heart failure and is therefore difficult to know which patients need more aggressive/intensive treatment and monitoring.
There needs to be a test which is safe, reliable and reproducible that can be used shortly after a heart attack to both predict future cardiac events and to allow the efficacy of new treatments to be assessed.
Myocardial oedema (swelling of the heart muscle) has been demonstrated using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR), to occur following a heart attack and has been suggested as a marker for future cardiac events. The optimum time to perform this scan, the method of data analysis and it's effectiveness as a predictor of future cardiac events has not been adequately assessed.
This trial will assess the amount and natural time-course of oedema in the first 10 days following a heart attack. It will also correlate the amount of oedema with the size of scar (damaged heart muscle) and left ventricular ejection fraction (heart function) at 3 months to assess if it is a predictive marker.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Retrospective
The London Chest Hospital
Not yet recruiting
Barts & The London NHS Trust
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:18:58-0400
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MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION in which the anterior wall of the heart is involved. Anterior wall myocardial infarction is often caused by occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. It can be categorized as anteroseptal or anterolateral wall myocardial infarction.
A myocardial infarction that does not produce elevations in the ST segments of the ELECTROCARDIOGRAM. ST segment elevation of the ECG is often used in determining the treatment protocol (see also ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
A clinical syndrome defined by MYOCARDIAL ISCHEMIA symptoms; persistent elevation in the ST segments of the ELECTROCARDIOGRAM; and release of BIOMARKERS of myocardial NECROSIS (e.g., elevated TROPONIN levels). ST segment elevation in the ECG is often used in determining the treatment protocol (see also NON-ST ELEVATION MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION).
MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION in which the inferior wall of the heart is involved. It is often caused by occlusion of the right coronary artery.
Laceration or tearing of cardiac tissues appearing after MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) Blood Cardiovascular Dialysis Hypertension Stent Stroke Vascular Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes all the diseases of the heart and circulation including coronary heart disease (angina...