Door-to-unload: left ventricular unloading before reperfusion in ST-elevation myocardial infarction

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Future Cardiol


ST-elevation myocardial infarction treatment in the modern era has focused on minimizing time of ischemia by reducing door-to-balloon time to limit infarct size and improve survival. Although there have been significant improvements in minimizing time to coronary reperfusion, the incidence of heart failure following a myocardial infarction has remained high. Preclinical studies have shown that unloading the left ventricle for 30 min prior to coronary reperfusion can reduce infarct size and promote myocardial recovery. The DTU-STEMI randomized prospective trial will test the hypothesis that left ventricular unloading for at least 30 min prior to coronary reperfusion will improve infarct size and heart failure-related events as compared with the current standard of care.

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ePub ahead of print