Left Ventricular Wall Motion Improvement After Phentolamine: A Case Report

Gould, Lawrence; Patel, S.; Gomes, G.; Reddy, C.V.R.
January 1982
Angiology;Jan1982, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p33
Academic Journal
This article presents a case study of a 50-year-old male with chest pain of 5-minute duration, in which researchers will document that improvement in left ventricular wall motion can occur following the IV administration of phentolamine. Left ventricular wall motion abnormalities are commonly seen in coronary artery disease patients. The differentiation between reversibly ischemic areas and irreversibly damaged areas is 1 way of predicting which patient might gain improved ventricular function from surgical correction. After the IV administration of phentolamine, the septal movement became normal. Thus, phentolamine should be considered as an agent that can detect reversible areas of wall motion abnormalities.


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