It has been frequently reported that while myocardial viability is neglected in conventional methods of diagnosis such as left ventriculography, ECG, and exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy (Ex-Tl), revascularization often results in improving left ventricular wall motility. In the present study, the authors contrived a method to accurately evaluate the viability ot the myocardium by means of exercise rehabilitation, and tested the method in clinical cases. Among patients with myocardial infarction, we selected a patient with negative viability in the diseased area as determined by chronic ECG, left ventriculography (LVG), coronary angiography and Ex-Tl. This patient went through two weeks of active exercise rehabilitation gauged with an ergometer, and was then re-examined by Ex-Tl. After the evaluation, revascularization was performed for the patient who demonstrated viability of the infarcted myocardium in EX-T1 after rehabilitation, and significant improvement in contractility was shown in the chronic LVG. These findings indicate that our method of detecting potential viability of the infarcted myocardium is of clinical significance.
- Exercise Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging