Nitric oxide, which has had a saliatory effect in other cardiac-related areas, may aid myocardial salvage if administered in a timely manner during myocardial infarction. Myocardial infarction during angioplasty generally results in significant myocardial necrosis. Methods of myocardial salvage in this event do not yet exist.
Einstein-Montefiore investigators are examining the potential of nitric oxide inhaled by the patient experiencing myocardial infarction during primary angioplasty. Researchers examine MRI results at 3 days and 30 days to determine the extent of myocardial salvage.