Peter F. Cohn, MD
Silent myocardial ischemia has emerged from a subject of mainly research interest to one with important clinical implications for practicing physicians. Although the pathophysiologic mechanisms responsible for the absence of pain are still not clear, it is apparent that episodes of silent myocardial ischemia are frequent and occur in many patients with coronary artery disease; episodes occur both in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients; episodes are detectable by various noninvasive and invasive techniques; and episodes appear to have important prognostic implications when combined with the extent of anatomic disease and degree of left ventricular dysfunction. It is expected the rapidly accumulating prognostic data, especially in patients after infarctions and patients with unstable angina, will have a profound effect on the way physicians treat their patients with coronary artery disease.
Cohn PF. Silent Myocardial Ischemia. Ann Intern Med. ;109:312–317. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-4-312
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(4):312-317.
Cardiology, Coronary Heart Disease.
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