New Rochelle, N.Y., June 9 -- After an acute myocardial infarction, patients treated with rapid lowering of body temperature by combined cold saline infusion and endovascular cooling had less heart muscle damage and reduced incidence of heart failure. Therapeutic hypothermia was especially protective against heart muscle damage in patients with a large area of myocardium at risk according to an analysis of two clinical trials published in Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (http://www.
In 'Therapeutic hypothermia for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction - combined analysis of the RAPID MI-ICE and the CHILL-MI trials (http://online.
'These observations are very exciting to the field of cardiology because they demonstrate that rapid cooling procedures prior to catheterization reduce the extent of myocardial infarction and improve function,' says W. Dalton Dietrich, III, Ph.D., editor-in-chief and kinetic concepts distinguished chair in neurosurgery, professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.
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