Complications of myocardial infarction

Susan Wilansky, Carlos A. Moreno, Steven J. Lester

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Echocardiography is a most useful bedside tool to help in the diagnosis and management of critically ill patients after acute myocardial infarction. In most instances, the mechanism of unexplained shock will be elucidated. Transesophageal echocardiography can further delineate the mechanical complications of myocardial infarction when the transthoracic echocardiogram may not be adequate. This article will focus on the mechanical complications of myocardial infarction in patients who most often present with cardiogenic shock or acute pulmonary edema. Each clinical entity is discussed, and illustrative echocardiograms are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S348-S354
JournalCritical care medicine
Issue number8 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Color flow imaging
  • Continuous-wave Doppler echocardiography
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Ventricular rupture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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