Myocardial viability. Concept, physiopathology. Methods and diagnostic value.

A Aleixo, A S Luís


The purpose of this study is to describe the concept and physiopathology of myocardial viability to provide rational use of diagnostic methodologies and their value. Great relevance has been given to the diagnosis of myocardial viability since it was published in 1982, because of the consequences of therapeutic decisions and prognostic evaluation on the patient's quality of life. The cost/benefit values of these methodologies must be adequate in clinical terms and carefully assessed.

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