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Avera Medical Minute: Stunned Myocardium Live 4/25/10

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Dr. Nagelhout points out the portion of the heart in this echo that is stunned or not working. Dr. Nagelhout points out the portion of the heart in this echo that is stunned or not working.

 

There is a condition that is pretty common after a heart attack called stunned myocardium, but if that stunned portion of the heart doesn't come back to life a lot of damage can be done. Cardiologist Dr. David Nagelhout with  North Central heart tells us that's why it's so important to get the ER during the onset of a heart attack.

Dr. Nagelhout says, "Unfortunately, most of the time when they come in they wait too long and they have permanent damage and it doesn't get any better. With a stunned myocardium, just like it sounds, it's stunned. It sits there and doesn't work. If we get in quick enough after a heart attack we get things fixed eventually and the heart muscles improves and goes back to normal."

 

 

 

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