Drugs mediating myocardial protection

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The occurrence of myocardial ischaemia will result in either reversible or irreversible myocardial dysfunction. Even when revascularization is successful, some reperfusion injury may occur that transiently impairs myocardial function. Therefore, treatment should not only be directed towards prompt restoration of myocardial blood flow but measures should also be taken to prevent or alleviate the consequences of myocardial reperfusion injury. Over the years, various strategies have been developed. The present contribution reviews a number of these strategies focusing on pharmacological treatments that have been developed to address myocardial reperfusion injury
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-995
JournalEuropean journal of anaesthesiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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