Increased thrombolysis in myocardial infarction frame count in patients with myocardial infarction and normal coronary arteriogram: a possible link between slow coronary flow and myocardial infarction

Yetkin E., Turhan H., Erbay A., Aksoy Y., Senen K.

ATHEROSCLEROSIS, cilt.181, ss.193-199, 2005 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


Background: Thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count is a simple clinical tool for assessing quantitative indexes of coronary blood flow. This technique counts the number of cineangiographic frames from initial contrast opacification of the proximal coronary artery to opacification of distal arterial landmarks. We hypothesized that patients with normal coronary artery (NCA) and myocardial infarction (MI) might have impaired coronary flow. Accordingly, we assessed the TIMI frame counts of patients with NCA and MI and compared to patients with NCA and without MI.