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Dr. Adam N. Mather, Leeds General Infirmary, Academic Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Great George Street, Leeds, UK LS1 3EX, United Kingdom
cardiac magnetic resonance (cmr) imaging has the unique ability to characterize a range of pathophysiologic effects of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Multiparametric CMR assessment with cine imaging, T2-weighted imaging, and early or late gadolinium-enhanced acquisition delineates contractile function, myocardial edema, microvascular obstruction (MVO), intracardiac thrombus, and myocardial scar. Many of these parameters have prognostic significance (e.g., left ventricular ejection fraction, extent of scar, and presence of MVO). Therefore, CMR can contribute to the risk stratification of patients with AMI and may play an important future role in assessing the efficacy of treatment strategies. In this article, we present 5 clinical cases that demonstrate the spectrum of pathophysiology associated with AMI that can be identified by CMR (Figs. 1 to 6).⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓
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- American College of Cardiology Foundation