Iacopo Carbone1, Marco Francone2, Emanuela Algeri2, Ilaria Iacucci2, David Cannata2, Luciano Agati2, Carlo Catalano2, Roberto Passariello2
1La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, Italy; 2La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Seventy STEMI patients treated with primary PCI within 12 hours from symptom onset underwent CMR in the first week after hospital admission to assess the influence of time to reperfusion on infarct size, microvascular damage and salvaged myocardium. A progressive increase of infarct size and microvascular damage over time has been observed. However, the new finding of the present study is that salvaged myocardium suddenly decreases after 60 minutes of coronary occlusion confirming the importance to shorten the delay in STEMI treatment.